Confirmation is about renewing one’s baptismal promises and receiving the Holy Spirit.
Catholics believe the Sacrament of Confirmation builds on what was begun in Baptism and what is nourished in the Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.
Parishes, schools and parents are responsible for preparing young people to complete their initiation through Confirmation
For further information about preparation for Confirmation, contact your local parish (link to parishes).
Who can be Confirmed?
Any baptised person can be admitted for Confirmation preparation.
Choosing a Confirmation name has never been an official part of the sacrament, although it has been a popular custom in many places.
Our given names are a very important part of our identity. Parents put a lot of thought into choosing a child’s name. It is appropriate for a candidate to confirm the name given at Baptism.
If a saint’s name is chosen, it should be a name of a saint that inspires the child. Choosing a Confirmation name helps put us in contact with our greater Christian story.
Who should I choose as a sponsor?
Confirmation is a reaffirmation of the promises made at Baptism, therefore the Church recommends that a child’s godparent take on the role of sponsor for Confirmation.
Sponsors should be: at least 16 years old, not the child’s parent, a Catholic who has been Confirmed, receives Communion and who lives a life of faith.
What is the responsibility of the sponsor?
Since a sponsor has such a significant role to play in the development of the candidate for Confirmation, it is important that this person be one who is a living example of faith, one whose actions reflect the actions of Jesus. A Confirmation sponsor offers support and encouragement during the Confirmation preparation process.
During the Confirmation ceremony, sponsors bring the candidates forward and present them to the bishop.