Confirmation enriches the baptized with the strength of the Holy Spirit so that they can better witness to Christ in word and deed (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], no. 1285). Anointed by the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, Christians strengthen their bond with the Church and become better equipped to carry out the Church’s mission of love and service.
Registration for Confirmation for the 2021-22 year is now LIVE!
If you have any questions, please contact Kenn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish Center at 410-848-4744.
Requirements to be Confirmed at St. John
These are not intended to be “hoops,” but they are mile-markers that indicate the progression of the Confirmation candidate. The candidates MUST:
- Have been Baptized
- Have a sincere desire to be confirmed.
- Attend Sunday Mass on a weekly basis.
- Have a basic understanding of the pillars of our faith.
- Attend class weekly and complete make-up work for any classes missed.
- Complete the candidate interview process.
- Write a letter to the bishop who will be confirming them.
- Complete a service project that are approved by St. John.
- Select a sponsor and complete 2 sponsor sessions (see the guidelines for sponsors)
- Select a saint name and motto.
- Attend the Confirmation Retreat
- Participate in at least 2 Antioch nights beginning in March (not just social gatherings)
- Attend the Rite of Sending
- Attend the Rehearsal prior to Confirmation
Guidelines for Sponsors
Sponsors act as spiritual role models and guides for the candidates while they prepare for Confirmation. They should also take care that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in this sacrament (Canon Law 892).
In order to be a sponsor a person must be (from Canon Law 874):
- 16 years or older.
- A baptized and confirmed Catholic who has also received first Eucharist and is a registered member of a Catholic church. *Note- sometimes students believe that a person is in good standing with the Catholic Church. However, if a Confirmed Catholic person has married outside of the church, he may no longer be eligible as a sponsor.
- Someone other than the father or mother of the one to be confirmed.
- Someone who attend Mass regularly and receives the Sacraments regularly.
When choosing a sponsor, your teen should begin with prayer, asking God for His guidance in making this important decision. Some people your teen should consider asking are:
- Baptismal godparents (this is a great way to demonstrate the connection between Baptism and Confirmation)
- A relative
- A family friend
- Your candidate’s teacher or assistant
- A member of the Edge or Life Teen Core Team
No matter who your child chooses, it should be someone the candidate feels comfortable talking to about spiritual matters and one who he or she looks up to as a spiritual role model. Please try to remember that this person is not someone you choose FOR your child.
Archdiocesan Guidelines for Confirmation
The Following comes DIRECTLY FROM the “Seal of the Spirit” (Archdiocesan Regulations and Guidelines for Confirmation). We follow these guidelines closely.
“As the ordinary norm for this Archdiocese, those in the eighth through tenth-grade levels and who fulfill the expectations for remote preparation for Confirmation (see pages 10-11) are to be invited to participate in the immediate preparation for Confirmation. The implementation of this norm should be flexible enough, however, to allow for individual differences. No one is to be constrained to receive the sacrament in the eighth, ninth or tenth grade” (8). “A minimum of one year’s consistent participation in a parochial school, religious education, youth ministry, or approved homeschooling [for those who homeschool entirely] program with systematic and intentional adolescent catechesis components is required prior to entrance into immediate preparation” (12). This means that students who want to receive Confirmation in 8, 9, or 10th grade MUST be enrolled in some way the year prior.
**Students cannot simply expect to be Confirmed if they have not been in religious education since their first communion or have not been in any program for a while.
A Separate Program?
Why does my child (who is homeschooled, attends parachial school or is in 8th grade religious education) have to attend a separate program for Confirmation?
“The process of immediate preparation for Confirmation should be conducted as a free-standing program, and not be placed within the parish’s or school’s regularly standing program for religious education. The immediate preparation is not tied to a particular grade level. The purpose of the immediate preparation is to provide formation for full, conscious, and active participation in the Rite of Confirmation. It is successful if it invites the candidate to deeper openness to the indwelling Spirit and a willingness to witness to Christ as his disciple; and to more responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic Christian faith community. Great care is exercised in the planning of this phase that the expectations not be unnecessarily burdensome, thus avoiding the error of having the reception of the sacrament appear to be a reward, or a prize, rather than a wonderful gift” (12).
“Confirmation is not graduation. The preparation process is not a period to “cram” the faith one needs for an adult life into a young person’s experience. It must be said that, previously, parents may have received the message from pastoral leadership (or may have perceived) that they had “completed” their duty as Catholic parents if their children had received all of the sacraments. This is unfortunate. The Church wishes to continue to accompany young people in their discovery of God’s call in their lives and in interpreting appropriate responses”(17).