Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service. The Holy Spirit bestows seven gifts—wisdom, understanding, knowledge, fortitude, counsel, piety, and fear of the Lord—to assist us in our mission and witness. In Confirmation the Christian becomes more closely united with Christ. With the strengthening of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Christian is able to accept new responsibilities for witnessing Jesus to the world.
Choosing a Sponsor
All candidates for Confirmation will choose a sponsor to journey with them in the Catholic faith. A sponsor is a person in your child’s life who understands and lives the teachings of our faith and can guide and mentor the candidate throughout his or her lifetime.
The Catholic Church requirements for a sponsor are the following:
- At least 16 years of age
- Has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
- Attends Sunday Mass on a weekly basis
- If married, he or she was married in the Catholic Church
- Is not the parent of the candidate
- Understands and accepts the responsibility of being a sponsor.