Confirmation

Confirmation

The St. Regis Confirmation program is a spiritual program designed to prepare high school age youth for the Sacrament of Confirmation. We envision it as an opportunity to invite the youth of our parish to participate in a well-rounded, mature, committed Catholic life. The parish program is a twelve month program of faith sharing sessions. The program also includes retreats, days of recollections, service projects, and close cooperation with a sponsor. Please contact our parish office for more information.

 

Adult Confirmation

For adult Catholics who are in the Church that desire the fullness of their initiation, the Sacrament of Confirmation will be offered June 26, 2013. Please contact our parish office for more information.

The term “Adult Confirmation” refers to the Roman Catholics who have been Baptized and have celebrated their First Communion and are seeking to celebrate their Confirmation later than the usual age for Confirmation.

 

Role of the Godparent/Sponsor

Every teen preparing for Confirmation needs a sponsor. It is desirable that the same people who served as godparents for baptism return to fill the role of Confirmation sponsors. In the Baptism of infants, godparents represent both the expanded spiritual family of the one to be baptized and the role of the Church as mother. As occasion offers, godparents help the parents so that children will come to profess the Faith and live up to it. If the candidates baptismal godparents are not available to serve as the Confirmation sponsor, parish leaders should help the candidate find a suitable sponsor. The sponsor, however, need not be a member of the same parish as the confirmand.

It is expected that each confirmand have one sponsor. Whether the sponsor is male or female is in itself no consequence.

Sponsors should exhibit the following qualities:

Sufficient maturity to fulfill their function (at least 16 years of age)

Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church

Having received Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist

Freedom from any impediment of law to their fulfilling the office of sponsor

May not be the natural or adoptive parent of the confirmand (Cf. Canon 893).

Confirmation Names

Parishes have retained the custom wherein a young person preparing for Confirmation selects a “confirmation name.” This pious practice, although never a part of the official rite, may be retained. Points of consideration in choosing a confirmation name are as follows:

Only one saint name is chosen.

This name should not be foreign to Christian sensibilities

Because this is a significant sacramental celebration, names that are very unusual or contrary to Catholic tradition are discouraged.

Names should be of like gender to the confirmed

The ames should be submitted to the Confirmation Coordinator for approval.

The Confirmation name should be presented in its proper form, rather than in the diminutive (e.g., John instead of Jack; Susan instead of Sue).

The name received at baptism may be used again for Confirmation.

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