Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." [Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285]
Information and guidelines for celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation:
In our Parish, Confirmation is usually celebrated in the 2nd grade. If you are older than 2nd grade and have not received the Sacrament yet feel moved to do so, feel free to contact Barb Pelletier, PCL. You can reach Barb at the Faith Formation Center at 834-3984. Alternatively, you can begin the conversation via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a 2 year Sacrament Preparatory class required for all children to be confirmed [and to receive their First Holy Communion]. If your child is in the 1st grade and attends Religious Education classes with St John Vianney Parish, paperwork will be sent to you in the fall about the Sacrament Preparatory class.
You will need to select at least one qualified sponsor. You may select two, however it must be one man and one woman. The sponsor[s] must be Catholic, at least 16 years of age, confirmed, have already received the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist and if currently married, married according to the laws of the Church. Sponsors must also lead a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken.
Sponsors need to fill out a Sponsor's Certificate which must be signed off by the pastor of the church they currently attend.