It is the Spirit that makes us realize the truth or –
in the words of Our Lord – it is the Spirit
that makes us know the voice of Jesus.”
- Pope Francis
On Pentecost, fifty days after Easter Sunday, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. They were filled with heavenly gifts and graces to help them live faith-filled lives, and they were inspired to pass on their faith. This same sacred event is celebrated for every Catholic Christian in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
For our young people Confirmation is experienced as a Sacrament of growing maturity, building upon a deepening relationship with Jesus resulting in a personal decision. Parishioners in the eighth grade may request to be Confirmed. When they were infants, their parents and Godparents made Baptismal Promises on their behalf. At Confirmation, they now stand on their own and make those same promises for himself or herself. They accept responsibility for their faith
and the challenge to live as a Catholic Christian.
Each year the Archbishop (or his designee) comes to St. Francis de Sales Parish to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our young people. Preparation classes begin in the fall, and continue until spring when the sacrament is celebrated. This process of faith formation includes weekly classes, service opportunities, and a retreat experience.
“I wish not merely to be called Christian. I wish to be Christian.” ––St. Ignatius of Antioch
Each person seeking this Sacrament must choose a Confirmation name. They may choose the name they received in Baptism, or select another Christian name such as a canonized saint or a hero of the Bible.
A Sponsor must also be selected, and this choice is not to be taken lightly. A Sponsor must be:
• At least 16 years old, who has already received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. This person is an active member of the Church and can serve as a role model in the the faith.
• Ideally, the Sponsor would be the Godparent from Baptism, but that is not always possible. The Sponsor becomes a companion on life’s journey and supports the person in living the faith in everyday life.
• The Sponsor publicly affirms the person is ready to Confirmed and to become a full member of the Catholic Family.
Please contact Sister Josephine to inquire about preparing for Confirmation.