At baptism, a child is initiated into the Church, becoming a member of God's family and heir to heaven. The Church teaches that without confirmation, the grace of baptism is not complete.

Now is the time for a young adult to complete the preparation so that the person is fully initiated into the Catholic Church

Becoming a Candidate

The Candidates for Confirmation will publicly state their intention to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to live their lives as witness to the Catholic tradition of faith, hope and charity.

The Confirmation Sponsors will publicly state their intention to mentor these Candidates to live a holy life according to Christian values. After Mass, there is a gathering of Confirmation candidates, their parents and sponsors to review the Confirmation process and answer questions.

Choosing a Confirmation Name

It is recommended that the candidate for Confirmation retain his/her baptismal name as a witness to the intimate relationship between Baptism and Confirmation as Sacraments of Initiation. However, candidates may choose to take the name of any other saint whose life has special meaning for them.

Finding your Sponsor

Sponsors stand as representative of the Catholic community and act as a special witness to the child of what it means to be a good Catholic.

At your Baptism your parents chose two Sponsors for you. To emphasize the connection between Confirmation and Baptism Confirmation seals your Baptism — you may choose one of your baptismal Sponsors as your Confirmation Sponsor. However, you may choose another person.

You are asking them to journey with you as you deepen your life in the Spirit, to be a friend and mentor during the preparation process and beyond. In essence, a Sponsor is a companion to your faith journey.

By the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.

Second Vatican Council Constitution on the Church

For more information, please contact:
Dick Vetere
(315) 724-3155, ext. 2226