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Confirmation/Confirmación

 

When the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about Me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about my death and resurrection. -Acts 1:8


Hello Confirmation Family

            Welcome to the Confirmation Program! We hope and pray that you are doing well and staying healthy! We sure have missed you here at Holy Family! As you know, the situation with COVID-19 is constantly evolving. Thank you for your patience. First and foremost, we want you to know that both the pastoral care and safety of your children are our top priorities. Especially during this time of great uncertainty and turmoil for individuals, we can find great hope and energy from our faith. In nourishing our relationship with Christ, we can share the Gospel as a light to our world. We are all called to make disciples, build community and inspire witnesses.

            We are looking forward to sharing this journey of faith with you and your family as your child prepares to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. As you will see, Confirmation preparation involves learning, sharing, serving, spiritual growth, and fellowship! Your child will be given the opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Confirmation is the Sacrament in which one is enriched by the gift of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens us and obliges us to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith.

            Confirmation is the Sacrament that perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives us fuller participation in the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply as children of God, incorporates us more firmly into Christ, strengthens our bond with the Church, associates us more closely with her mission, and help us to bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian soul; for this reason, one can receive this sacrament only once. A Christian does not live as a child of God through his or her own efforts alone but through the grace of God. We see this in a practical way when we look back on our own lives and the lives of others, even the lives of saints. Therefore, it is our duty to seek the grace that God offers us in order to live our lives as Christians in the way that God intends. When we fully participate in His Church through the Sacraments and through our involvement in our community, we ARE the Body of Christ.

            As your child is preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, there are a few expectations from them which includes:

  • Attending weekly Faith Formation sessions on Sundays.
  • Weekly participation in the Sunday virtual mass.
  • Complete all assignments on https://ascensionpress.thinkific.com/users/sign_in
  • Demonstrating growth in each of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • Attending the Confirmation Retreat.
  • Choosing and communicating with a Sponsor.
  • Receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Completing all forms/documents
  • Participating in an interview with the Father and Confirmation team.

All these expectations are important to work on and achieve as it will demonstrate the eligibility of receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is also important for parent involvement in the faith formation of the child in which the conformation team has made it a priority to offer a weekly parent faith formation session while the child is in the faith formation session. We hope and pray that our confirmation year is full of great memories and lessons for everyone to learn, love, and share the word of the Lord.

            The Confirmation Team is looking forward to a wonderful year in which we will all grow in our faith together with our Confirmation candidates. Please keep us all in your prayers as we travel this road together. If you ever have any questions or concerns, you are always WELCOME to email us at [email protected]. THANK YOU for the Faith foundation you have already given to your children, and may God bless you for continuing to educate your children in our treasured Catholic Faith!

 

Your Brother in Christ,

Fernando Bedolla 


SPONSOR REQUIREMENTS FOR CONFIRMATION
 
  • SINGLE (not living with someone) baptized and confirmed and received the Eucharist (ALL certificates are required for validation)
  • MARRIED (a Catholic marriage not civil) baptized and confirmed and received the Eucharist (ALL certificates are required for validation)
  • living an upright life, fully practicing the Catholic Christian faith
  • not have stopped practicing the faith or have left the Church. For example, a Catholic who has left the Catholic Church cannot be a sponsor, and cannot be a "Christian witness" if they join another Christian communion.
  • cannot be either parent
  • at least sixteen years old and older 

FOR SPONSORS
Be at your best

If you have been chosen to be a Confirmation sponsor, congratulations! This person sees in you a profound faith commitment, finds trust and knows you are someone who will care about them and their faith. Sounds impressive, doesn't it? It's not all that complicated, but it does take time, a caring heart and a listening ear. If you're a practicing, mature Catholic, don't get too worried. Here are a few suggestions on how to be the best possible sponsor for your candidate:

  • Be a living model of faith. At least a part of what this young person admires in you is your faith! If the way you practice your faith is not what it should be, "get it together," so to speak! If you honestly can't, this is understandable, but maybe you should decline the invitation to be a sponsor. Your life doesn't have to become artificially saintly, but your faith should be authentic and sincere.
  • Pray for your candidate and yourself. As candidates decide to be confirmed, they need spiritual strength. Your prayers for them are important, but don't forget to pray for yourself also, that you can share why you value and practice your Catholicism. Attend Mass together, or even have the courage to come to Reconciliation together.
  • Give of your time and share your gifts. You'll be asked to spend time together on various activities. This may mean preparing lessons or even working on a Christian service project. You could also share your own experiences or write a letter of encouragement. Let your unique God-given talents and gifts shine! Offer a gift of spiritual significance—a new Bible, rosary or book about our faith or about the saint the candidate has chosen for a Confirmation name—but be creative and relevant!
  • Don't miss the ceremony. Participating in the ceremony is the easiest part of being a sponsor. Your basic job will be to place your hand on your candidate's shoulder, and tell the bishop your candidate's Confirmation name. You're there to be a support, but your role on Confirmation day is only beginning.
  • Don't forget this newly-confirmed Catholic. After Confirmation day, remember birthdays and this anniversary. Send a card or make a phone call. Continue to worship together, or from time to time do some Christian service. Put those "Gifts of the Spirit" into practice.

Adult Confirmation for Adults

Also, there are adults who have not received the sacrament of confirmation. I.e. There is opportunity for them to do so in order to complete the "full" initiation into the Catholic Church. For more information please see the RCIA page.

Adult Confirmation-A Special Note

We do not provide classes but rather we offer "sacrament preparation!"  Sessions held in a group setting that is intended to deepen the faith.  Preparation sessions include prayer, personal reflection, active group discussion, Q & A, and other activities, as well as a review of the basic elements of Catholic dogma, doctrine, and tradition, and much more.  During the preparation process and faith formation participants are given the opportunity to discern their readiness to receive the sacrament of Confirmation with their group leader as well as with their chosen sponsor (please read the above requirements). For some reason or another, you did not receive the sacrament of Confirmation when you were younger. We are here to help you but please know this is a process and journey about your encounter with Christ, not a fast track to receive a sacrament, expedite.


Scriptural & Catholic Catechism 
References to Confirmation

SCRIPTURE:

John 20:19-22
 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (Jesus) said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.


Acts 2:1-13 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Acts 8:14-17 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (For as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - REFERENCES (CCC 1285-1321):

1285 
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “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.”


1306 Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that “the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time,”for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete.

1309 Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit—his actions, his gifts, and his biddings—in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands.

1319 A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs.

  • History of the Sacrament of Confirmation

    Early Church years – the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) were celebrated together, with the Bishop as celebrant.

    5th-6th century  Bishops were no longer able to be present at all baptisms, which led to a separation of Baptism and Confirmation. As time went on, the delay was longer. Confirmation was celebrated around age 7, and First Holy Communion was celebrated around age 12-14.

    1910 – Pope Pius X believed that children receiving Eucharist at age 12-14 was contrary to the vision of Jesus, and decreed that children should receive around age 7. Confirmation then came to be received after Eucharist.

    2002 – The US Conference of Catholic Bishops rule that the age of Confirmation should be between the age of discretion (age 7) and age 16. Each Diocese was to determine the age of reception.