The Sacrament of Confirmation
This sacrament of initiation is closely linked with Baptism and brings to further fulfilment what was begun in baptism. Confirmation is a sacrament of empowerment.
Through the receiving of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, it gives us the strength to follow Jesus and to become involved in the mission which Jesus left to the Church.
Sponsor – The Confirmation candidate needs a sponsor who is a practising Catholic and is 16 years of age or older. Though not compulsory, it is recommended that the sponsor be a godparent, as Confirmation is an extension of baptism.
The role of the sponsor is to present the candidate to the Bishop for anointing and provide spiritual guidance and support to the candidate through the next phase of their journey in faith. So a sponsor should be a person who the candidate will feel comfortable and be proud to take with them to talk about Jesus to anyone.
Confirmation Name – Each Confirmation candidate also needs to choose a Confirmation name – a name belonging to a canonised Saint of our Catholic faith. Effectively the candidate is asking this Saint to be their friend and advocate for the rest of their life because they chose this Saint because of their admiration for their deeds or qualities.
In our parish, Catholic children are conferred upon when they are in Year 6 or above as is the practice of the Archdiocese of Sydney. The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated as the final Sacrament of Initiation, followed after Reconciliation and First Communion.
They prepare for this through the Children’s Sacramental Program and our program takes place in Term 2 of the school year. Enrolments for this program are taken in Term 1.
Please see our Sacramental Calendar for more details.