Confirmation is a sacrament where baptized Catholics receive the Holy Spirit and become
adult members of the Catholic Church. The person being confirmed is anointed with chrism
oil by a bishop, accompanied by the words “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”.
This seal is a consecration, representing the safeguarding by the Holy Spirit of the graces
conferred on the Christian at Baptism.
“From that time on the apostles, in fulfillment of Christ’s will, imparted to the newly baptized
by the laying on of hands the gift of the Spirit that completes the grace of Baptism…The
imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the
sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the
Church” (CCC §1288).
The sacrament of Confirmation is ordinarily conferred by the bishop. Typically, teenagers
who have reached their 16th birthday, after having attended Confirmation class and gone
through a period of discernment receive the sacrament. Adults who are entering into full
communion with the Catholic Church (through RCIA), or children who have reached the age
of reason (through RCIC), receive the three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation,
and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil.
Choosing a Confirmation Sponsor:
Just as with baptism, the candidate for Confirmation is to seek the spiritual help of a sponsor.
It is appropriate for one of the godparents from baptism to act as a sponsor because it
reinforces the unity between Baptism and Confirmation (CCC §1311). When choosing a sponsor
the following requirements must be met.
- they must be at least 16 years old
- the must be a practicing Catholic in good standing who has received the sacraments
of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist)
- may not be the mother or father of the individual being confirmed
Please contact the parish office at 317-632-9349 for more information regarding preparation
for First Communion.