Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and your destiny. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) and gave them courage to practice their faith. Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts and fruits.
Just as our bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that our souls need to grow in the life of grace. Just as the human body must grow in childhood, adolescence, and then adulthood, the human soul needs to grow into maturity. Catholics believe that the Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the growth process on the natural level. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in the Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.
Confirmation candidates are encouraged to perform acts of service during their time of preparation.
If you are an adult who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, or if you are a baptized Catholic who never received Confirmation, please check out The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). There you will find good information on what that process is and also contact information for the person who can tell you more about it.
If you are visiting our site because your child is approaching eighth grade, or a little older; and you want to know the process for your child to receive Confirmation, we say welcome! We know what a busy and exciting time this is for your family, and we want to continue to assist you in raising your child in the faith and prepare them to make their faith their own.
Now, you want to know what is necessary for your child to receive Confirmation. Below are some frequently asked questions to get you started. If your question or situation does not fit neatly into these answers, don’t panic. Life happens! Please contact Mrs. Trena Pacetti at the Religious Education office at 440-333-2133.
What is necessary for my child to receive Confirmation?
At a minimum, your child must:
- Be baptized in the Catholic Church, or another Christian denomination recognized by the Catholic Church. Basically, they must have been baptized with water and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
- Have received at least one year of religious education instruction before eighth grade. Enrollment in St. Angela Merici school in eighth grade, or enrollment in our Parish School of Religion in level eight, is the norm. If your child is older than eighth grade, we need to discuss options for your child, please contact Mrs. Trena Pacetti.
- Have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation should have taken place along with First Holy Communion. If your child has not received one or both of these sacraments, contact Mrs. Trena Pacetti.
When does the instruction of children take place?
The instruction for Confirmation typically takes place during the school year schedule for both the Catholic school and PSR children in eighth grade during their normal instruction times.
When does Confirmation take place?
Confirmation for eighth graders is usually scheduled in March or April, but may change to allow a bishop to preside. Please see your schedule received in class for the exact date.
Who can be my child's sponsor for Confirmation?
Every person being confirmed must have a sponsor. To be a sponsor, you must:
- Be at least 16 years or older
- Have received Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation
- Be an active Catholic and be registered at a Catholic parish
- Not be the parent of the one being confirmed
- Be willing and able to meet with the child as required