The Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation

The sacrament of Confirmation builds on the sacraments of Baptism and completes the process of initiation into the Catholic community. It establishes young adults as full-fledged members of the faith and is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong. During your Baptism, your parents and godparents make promises to renounce Satan and believe in God and the Church on your behalf. At Confirmation, you renew those same promises, this time speaking for yourself.

During Confirmation, the focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them courage to practice their faith. We believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts.

The Confirmation ceremony may take place at Mass or outside of Mass, and the presiding bishop wears red vestments to symbolise the red tongues of fire seen hovering over the heads of the apostles at Pentecost. Each person wishing to be confirmed comes forward with his or her sponsor, who may or may not be one of the godparents chosen for Baptism.

When you’re confirmed, you get to choose a Confirmation name to add to your first and middle names — or you can just use the names given to you at Baptism. However, your new name must be a Christian name such as one of the canonised saints or a hero from the Bible.

Being confirmed in the Church means accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny. Adulthood, even young adulthood, means that you must do what’s right on your own, not for the recognition or reward but merely because it’s the right thing to do.

For more information regarding the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact us.

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