Confirmation

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).


What are the requirements to be a Sponsor for Confirmation?
A sponsor is to accompany the candidate for confirmation. The sponsor sees to it that the confirmed person acts as a true witness to Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations connected with this sacrament.

All conditions and requirements for a godparent at baptism are applied to the sponsor for confirmation. 

To be a sponsor one must:

  1. be designated by the candidate, parents or guardian, or in their absence by the pastor or minister;
  2. have the intention of performing this role;
  3. be at least sixteen years of age; (With good cause, exceptions may be granted by the pastor or minister of the sacrament.)
  4. be a Catholic who has been confirmed, has already received the eucharist, and leads a life in harmony with the faith;
  5. be free from any impediment of the law in fulfilling the office of sponsor;
  6. not be the father or mother of the candidate.

The pastor of the designated sponsor is normally responsible for determining that the designee understands the sponsor’s role and is qualified to assume it, providing a letter of eligibility when the confirmation is to be celebrated in another parish.

It is desirable that the one who undertook the role of godparent at baptism be the sponsor for confirmation.

  1. It is necessary to determine that such a person remains qualified for the role of sponsor as given above.
  2. If there were two godparents at the baptism of the candidate, it is acceptable for both of them to act as sponsors at confirmation if the candidate so wishes, and if both godparents remain qualified for this role.
  3. (Note: This provision is made in view of the special relationship established with the godparents at baptism. In all other cases, only one sponsor is to be chosen for confirmation.)
  4. When the baptismal godparent is deceased, not readily available, no longer qualified, or for some other good cause, another sponsor should be chosen who can fulfill the requirements stated in No. 91.1 and 91.2 above.

A member of an Oriental Rite of the Catholic Church may serve as a sponsor for confirmation in the Latin Rite.

All persons with inquiries regarding Sponsors for Confirmation are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss their questions with the pastor of their parish.

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)


Confirmation Sponsor Form