Confirmation is celebrated usually in the eighth grade. The Religious Education & Youth Faith Formation department coordinates the preparation and celebration of this sacrament for children both in the day school and the RE programs. The sacrament is celebrated as a parish community.
To receive this sacrament, the young person must be baptized, be Catholic, made his/her First Penance and First Communion, and be willing to make a personal commitment to the Catholic church as a disciple for Jesus.
The young person is ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation when he/she is:
- Knows the doctrinal truths of the Catholic faith;
- Attends Sunday Mass regularly;
- Recognizes Jesus’ presence in the Blessed Sacrament and seeks to be nourished by the Body and
Blood of our Lord
- Prays each day and embraces Eucharistic Adoration
- Able to talk and share with others (peers and adults) about the faith;
- And utilizes their talents in service to God and others.
The preparation program includes activities that are completed at home and in the formal education setting at SIJ – School or Religious Education program. The components of the preparation process include knowledge, prayer, service and witness. Preparation for this sacrament begins in 6th grade, continues in 7th grade, and into the fall of 8th grade. The sacrament is usually received before Christmas of 8th grade.
Parents cannot be sponsors (either by birth, adoptive, or step-parents) and it is highly suggested that one of the baptismal Godparents assume the role of Confirmation sponsor, which supports the relationship between these two sacraments (Baptism and Confirmation).
A sponsor must:
- be close enough to the candidate so to have been supportive of his/her life so far;
- be a baptized Catholic who has received Eucharist and has been confirmed;
- Is a practicing Catholic who participates in the Mass every Sunday;
- Lives a good Catholic life;
- And is at least 16 years of age
If your child is in a grade other than eight, please contact the Director of Religious Education & Youth Faith Formation for more information.