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"And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit'"

- John 20:22


What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.


What is being received during Confirmation?

During Confirmation, the candidates receive in a special way the gifts of the Holy Spirit: courage, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgment, piety and fear of the Lord.  These gifts strengthen the newly confirmed to live a moral life and spread the Good News.


Who administers the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Confirmation is traditionally administered by a bishop.  This is a sign of the candidate becoming a fully initiated member of the Church who is to go our into the world to spread the Good News as the Apostles did after the first Pentecost.


Is Confirmation a rite of passage or graduation?

No.  Confirmation is not an end but a beginning.  By standing in front of the parish community and affirming their faith, the newly confirmed are promising to fully enter into membership in the Church and continue to grow in their faith throughout their life.


What is a sponsor? Who can be a sponsor?

A sponsor is a confirmed Catholic who is agreeing to guide the newly confirmed as they continue to form their faith and serve as a role model of how to lead a Christian life.  The only requirement is that the individual already be confirmed.  However, the sponsor should be someone who is close to the candidate and will continue to play an important role in his or her life.  Often, a person's sponsor is a sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle or godparent.


Why does a candidate choose a new name for Confirmation?

Candidates choose a new name as a sign that they are taking on a new role as a fully initiated member of the Church.  This name should be the name of a saint who the person can look to as a role model.  The candidate may also choose to use his or her baptismal name as a sign of the connection between Baptism and Confirmation.


What are the requirements for Confirmation at St. Peter Parish?

Sacramental programs at St. Peter Parish consist of 2 years of preparation, either at St. Mary School or in the Religious Education program.  Confirmation at St. Peter Parish typically occurs in the 8th grade and is held on usually held on a Thursday evening in January or March.  Candidates must be baptized and have made their first communion and reconciliation.  Both parents and candidates must attend 2 informational meetings prior to the Sacrament.  Additionally, Confirmation candidates attend a retreat together, complete 50 hours of community service and write a report about their chosen saint name.  For more information regarding sacraments or registering for Religious Education, please contact the Parish Office at 586-468-4578


What if I was not confirmed as a child?

Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Initiation, by which a Catholic becomes a full member of the Church.  The process for entering the Catholic Church as an adult is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  Through RCIA, adults learn more about the Catholic faith and take the steps necessary to become full members of the Church.  They are then welcomed into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass and receive all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation).  For more information about the RCIA program at St. Peter Parish contact Sheila Roy at 586-468-4578.