"Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit." (Acts 8:14-17)
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.
Preparation for Confirmation is a two-year process, which can begin during the 9th grade or after. Teens entering their Sophomore year of high school are eligible to begin their spiritual journey of Confirmation formation. In order to be eligible to begin, teens should have completed a prerequisite foundational year as a Freshman. Options to meet this prerequisite are as follows: attending a Catholic high school, participating in TRUTH, or participating in FAITh classes which meet once a month from 7-8:30pm. Teens who have not completed one of the prerequisites and who are going into the Sophomore or Junior year can complete one of the outlined options and become eligible for Confirmation the following year. Learn more about FAITh and Confirmation and enroll here.
Sponsors for Confirmation must be 16 years of age or older, Catholic, and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. If the sponsor does not belong to St. Maria Goretti, a letter is needed from their parish priest stating that they are an active and practicing Catholic.