Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation usually begins in the 9th grade. Confirmation is conferred on tenth grade (or older) students upon successful completion of program requirements.
This program emphasizes Christian Initiation as a life-long process of entering more fully into a life of faith and service shared by the Roman Catholic community of believers.
In addition to class instruction, it requires regular Mass attendance, personal, community and church service projects, participation in at least one Youth Day event, and attendance at the scheduled Rites, "Spirit Nites" and retreats each year.
Candidates must also choose a (one) sponsor to assist them throughout the preparation process and to mentor them throughout their lives. See next page for sponsor qualifications and responsibilities.
Qualifications of a Confirmation Sponsor
Canon 893.1 states that the criteria for a Confirmation sponsor are the same as those required of a godparent at a baptism. The sponsor must therefore:
Responsibilities Of a Confirmation Sponsor
Canon 892 notes that the function of a sponsor is to take care that the person to be confirmed behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the duties inherent in this sacrament. A sponsor must also:
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