Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.
- St. Ambrose
The Sacrament of Confirmation . . .
- Candidate must be Baptised, recieved First First Confession and First Communion;
- Candidate must successfully complete 2 consecutive years of formal instruction
Candidate must successfully complete Sacremental preperation classes including:
- Community service project
- Service hours
- Participate in Confirmation retreat
- A sponsor assists the person, who is to receive Baptism and Confirmation, to lead a Christian life;
- There may be only one male and one female sponsor;
- A sponsor must be designated by the parents of an infant, by an adult himself or herself, or by the Pastor or other cleric who administers the Sacrament;
- A sponsor must have completed his or her 16th year;
- A sponsor must have received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist;
- A sponsor must be a practicing Catholic;
- A sponsor must be free of any canonical penalty;
- A mother or father may not be a sponsor for their child;
- A baptized non-Catholic may only act as a witness where a Catholic sponsor has been designated.