“… the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.” Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285
Children must receive the sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation prior to Confirmation.
Parents must provide a baptism certificate in order to register for preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. The parish must ensure that the child is a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church before preparing and celebrating the other sacraments of initiation (Confirmation and First Communion).
Records of baptism are held in the parish in which the child was baptized. Contact the parish to request a copy of the certificate of baptism.
Sponsors are the spiritual parents of the child. They help with the faith formation of their godchild.
The sponsors should be the same as the Baptism Godparents. If not, a man and a woman or one man for boys and one woman for girls. A sponsor must be at least 16 years of age. They must be baptized, confirmed, and a practicing Catholic.
For more information see:
- December 27, 2006 Pastoral Letter to the Faithful of the Diocese of St. Paul on the Restoration of the Order of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation Bishop Luc Bouchard
- Guidelines celebration of Confirmation, First Communion (Revised Feb. 2014)
- Catechism of the Catholic Church – Article 2 The Sacrament of Confirmation # 1285 – 1321
- You Cat - #203 – 207