The Sacrament & the Journey of Faith
Confirmation is the one of the three Sacraments of Initiation of the Catholic Church. Confirmation continues and strengthens the grace we first received at Baptism. The Sacrament of Confirmation roots us more deeply in our identity as God’s children; unites us more firmly with Christ; increases in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit; binds us more closely to the Church; and gives us special strength to bear witness to our faith in today’s world.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation
In accordance with the Diocesan Policy for the Sacramental Initiation of Children, preparation for Confirmation is conducted primarily by the Parish over a period of approximately four months. The preparation sessions may begin in September or February depending on the number of participants. The Sacrament of Confirmation is normally conferred by the Bishop or his delegate during Sunday Mass upon completion of the preparation.
For children attending Cathedral Catholic School, information concerning dates and requirements for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation will be distributed by the school to children in grades 6 and 7. As well, announcements in the Parish Bulletin, and on the Parish website will be in implemented at least 6 weeks before the start of preparation, for the benefit of members of the Parish who go to other schools.
If the child was not baptized in this parish, a copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required at time of registration.
The candidate, and at least one parent will be required to attend an information meeting at the church prior to the commencement of preparation. This brief meeting will include an overview of the preparation process, expectations and a time for questions.
Candidates and at least one adult, are required to attend all Confirmation sessions and a day retreat in the Parish Hall. As well, they must complete any home sessions that are assigned and fulfill their mass obligations, in order to be eligible for Confirmation.