Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation that is closely connected to the Sacrament of Baptism and Eucharist. It completes the Sacrament of Baptism, brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace and strengthens the gifts of the Spirit received at Baptism. The Sacrament of Confirmation also leads us to the Eucharist as the way to live out our lives as fully initiated Catholics. Preparation and Formation for the Sacrament:
Eighth graders who have completed seventh grade Catholic Religious Education, Catholic School Education, or Homeschooling Religious Education are eligible to enroll as candidates for our Confirmation preparation program. This two year process including weekly catechetical sessions, several “Spirit Day On Campus Retreats” accompanied by members of our CYM and an over-nite retreat at Camp St. John’s close to the celebration and reception of the Sacrament. Formation for the celebration of Confirmation involves the cooperative efforts of parents (the primary educators), pastors, catechists and young adults. It is a time for a young adult to become a mature, practicing Catholic, characterized by the willingness to personally follow Christ and actively participate in the vital mission of His Church. Immediate catechesis for the sacrament of Confirmation is a robust formation on what it means to be an authentic disciple of Christ. The confirmation student should be able to rationally express and zealously defend the truths of Catholic doctrine. To assist the candidate in their preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, a sponsor must be chosen and approved by the end of November.
Guidelines for choosing a Sponsor:
Church Requirements to be a sponsor:
The Sponsor is to be chosen by the candidate and the parents/guardians together. It is the parents/guardians responsibility to know whether a person is qualified to be a sponsor.
The sponsor must be at least sixteen (16) years old.
The sponsor must be a Catholic who has received Confirmation and Eucharist, and is practicing the faith.
The sponsor may not be the father or mother of the candidate to be confirmed. (A copy of sponsors Confirmation Certificate is required)
Other Requirements to be a Sponsor:
Must be readily available to participate with the candidate in the activities of the preparation process, and to meet with him/her at least once a month to work together on prayer, service and faith experience activities.
If the Sponsor is a parishioner of St. Luke Parish:
The Pastor will have the responsibility to affirm or deny the appropriateness of the person chosen.
If the sponsor is from another parish, they must obtain a certificate of eligibility from the pastor of their parish. The certificate must be on church letterhead with the parish raised seal visible.
Recommendations for choosing a Sponsor:
The church recommends that the sponsor be a Godparent of the candidate to recall the connection between Baptism and Confirmation.
If a Godparent is unable or incapable of being a sponsor, then the Church recommends that the candidate choose a sponsor who is a confirmed, practicing Catholic whom he/she admires and who bears witness to the Gospel in everyday life.
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.