What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is the sacrament by which the baptized are united more firmly to Jesus Christ and enriched with the special strength of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel to the world by word and deed. Our parish’s Confirmation program seeks to prepare young people to be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit so that they can bear witness to Christ through active engagement in the life and mission of the Church.
Who can be Confirmed?
At the Cathedral, young people are Confirmed in 9th Grade, although this program is open to any high school student who has not yet received the sacrament. Adults who have not been Confirmed should see below.
Beginning in 2022-23, the formation program for Confirmation will take place in one year, not two. Young people are eligible to begin the program in the Fall of 9th Grade. Confirmation Mass will be celebrated the following Spring.
Those who have completed First Year Confirmation in 2021-2022 still need to complete the 2022-2023 program, as the content will focus directly on what is essential to the sacrament of Confirmation.
Above all, those preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation ought to strive to live as Christ’s disciples and as faithful sons and daughters of the Church. Therefore, candidates should attend Mass in-person every Sunday, cultivate a spirit of daily prayer, strive for virtue in all areas of life, and make regular use of the sacrament of Reconciliation. In addition, candidates must attend and complete the following requirements:
- Parent and Candidate Orientation Meeting
- Six (6) Sessions from October-March
- 1-day Retreat
- Selection of a Sponsor
- Selection of a Patron Saint
Those who have already completed First Year Confirmation in 2021-2022 are automatically registered for this year’s program. Any registered high school aged Cathedral parishioners who would like to join the program should contact Father Justin ([email protected])
Each candidate and one parent/guardian must attend one of the following:
- Wednesday, September 21, 7:00-8:00pm
- Saturday, September 24, 9:00-10:00am
Each candidate may miss one (1) session, provided that the session is made up at an agreed upon time with the formation team. Please contact Father Justin ([email protected]) concerning any foreseeable conflicts.
All six sessions will take place from 7:00-8:30pm in the Parish Center.
- Session 1: October 23, 2022
- Session 2: November 6, 2022
- Session 3: November 20, 2022
- Retreat: February 4, 2023 – O’Dwyer Retreat House
- Session 4: February 19, 2023
- Session 5: March 5, 2023
- Session 6: March 19, 2023
- TBD: Confirmation Rehearsal*
- TBD: Confirmation Mass*
*We will not know the date for the Confirmation Mass until early 2023, as this depends on the Archbishop or Bishop who will celebrate the sacrament. Additionally, the rehearsal will take place sometime close to the celebration of the sacrament.
While Canon Law desires that the sponsor for Confirmation be the candidate’s godparent (cf. Can. 893 §2), candidates are permitted to choose someone else to be their sponsor, provided that they meet the following criteria: a) are at least sixteen years old; b) are a fully-initiated Catholic (i.e., have received Confirmation and Eucharist); c) leads a life of faith in keeping with the function of a sponsor; d) are not bound by canonical penalty; and e) are not the father or mother of the person to be confirmed (cf. Can. 874 §1). Once the candidate has selected their sponsor, they can submit their Sponsor Card through the form below.
Each candidate should choose a special patron saint for their Confirmation. While in the past this was accompanied with the practice of taking a “Confirmation name”, the Church prefers that the candidate should be Confirmed with the name in which they were Baptized. Therefore, candidates will select a saint who they will ask to intercede for them on the day of their Confirmation and throughout their life as a fully-initiated Catholic. Candidates should research and choose a saint who is relevant to their personalities and interests. They do not need to complete any kind of paper or project on the saint.
This class is for any adult baptized Catholic who has received his/her first communion and been catechized in the faith, but has not been fully initiated through the sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament is celebrated twice during the year; once on Pentecost Sunday and the second in the fall, normally during October.
Candidates will need to get a copy of their baptismal certificate and find a person to sponsor them. Preparatory classes are offered in the Cathedral’s Parish Center meeting rooms five weeks prior to the celebration of the sacrament. One does not need to be a Cathedral parishioner to participate in the preparatory classes. If you have questions or need more information, contact Fr. Justin Gough at [email protected]