Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation (along with Baptism and Eucharist) in which a baptized Catholic, through prayers, imposition of hands and the anointing with chrism oil, receives a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit that completes baptismal grace. The Sacrament of Confirmation impresses a character, and by it the baptized, continuing on the path of Christian initiation, are enriched by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens them and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith (CCC 1285). Through this Sacrament of Initiation, the bishop (or his delegate) confirms the sacramental journey of faith begun at baptism and initiates candidates into the Greater Church community.
What’s new for 2018-2019?
Most Precious Blood has transitioned our sacramental preparation programming to the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation. This means that at the age of 3rd Grade, our students celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion in the same Mass. Given this change, each year we have continued to lower the age of those who prepare for and celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation. We realize that there will be older youth who have received their First Communion and are in need of the Sacrament of Confirmation for quite some time.
In order to best serve those youth and families, we solicited feedback from families seeking Confirmation for their children who have already received their First Communion. For this year, preparation for Confirmation will be an in-home, parent-led program accompanied by 2 sacramental rituals throughout the year leading up to reception of the sacrament. This is a time of obvious growth in faith for children, but also an opportunity for parents to renew and deepen their personal faith as they engage in this process with their children.
Don’t worry, we won’t leave you on your own! During the mandatory parent meeting, we will offer some basic sacramental understanding as well as resources to guide your child through the sacramental preparation. We also believe that our daily family life experiences are the basis for sacramental formation – we experience the graces of the Sacraments as part of the “domestic church”.
Confirmation Preparation at MPB
With the help of parents, sponsors, and the Faith Formation Team, the Confirmation candidates are prepared to receive the sacrament. This year, the Confirmation program at MPB will be parent-led in the home. As part of the program, parents will attend a mandatory parent meeting where they will receive the necessary materials to help prepare their children for the sacrament. The Faith Formation Team will provide 2 rituals to enhance the sacramental journey and create a space for community building. If parents would like an additional faith community for their children during the preparation process, they are invited to register their confirmandi for the FAITH program. All families would participate in the large group gathering together. During the breakout sessions, families with 4th and 5th graders will be able to join other families in the traditional FAITH classroom setting. Confirmandi in grades 6th and above will join the breakout session for older youth only (grades 6-12) to build community and engage the FAITH theme through age-appropriate activities, service and discussion. Depending on interest and availability, we may also have a concurrent session for parents of youth.
Why are we forming kids as young as 4th grade?
MPB has transitioned into the Archdiocesan mandate to restore the order of the Sacraments of Initiation and celebrate these sacraments in the 3rd Grade. This means that the sacraments will be celebrated in the original order of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion, restoring the practice of administering the Sacraments of Initiation to young children as early as possible. Realizing that there may be children in grades 4th and above who have received their First Communion, but have not yet been confirmed, we will continue to offer preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the traditional practice.
Guidelines: Who can be confirmed?
- All baptized MPB youth 4th grade or above (by August 2018) who have celebrated their First Reconciliation and received their First Communion AND
- Whose families are registered members of Most Precious Blood Parish AND
- Who attend Family Service Sundays
- Whose parents attend the scheduled parent meeting AND
- Who provide a recently issued, certified baptismal record AND
- Who register and pay the fee for Confirmation by August 31, 2018 AND
- Who complete their at-home study program and attend scheduled rituals AND
- Who complete reading and writing assignments!
Confirmation for those over 18
Confirmation for adults is offered as a part of the RCIA program. Visit the RCIA page for more information.
Certified Baptismal Record
If the candidate was not baptized at Most Precious Blood, a certified baptismal record must be sent to MPB from the candidate’s church of baptism. This can be obtained by calling the parish of baptism and requesting that the record be sent to MPB. Photo copies of the child’s baptismal certificate do not suffice.
Sacramental Recording Form
In order to record the necessary information for each candidate following the celebration of a sacrament, ALL families must submit a completed Sacramental Recording Form, regardless of where the child was baptized. This form is different than the registration form. The form will be accessible online at a later date, and it must be completed by March 16, 2019.
Candidates will need to choose a sponsor for Confirmation. A candidate’s parent may not serve as a sponsor. Sponsors must be practicing, confirmed Catholics over the age of 16 and currently registered in a parish. The Confirmation sponsor should be a faithful Catholic who accompanies the candidate as witness and guide. This may be the candidate’s godparents, which supports the connection between Baptism and Confirmation, but does not have to be a godparent. The sponsor should display maturity for this role and a willingness to witness their faith to the candidate. The primary role of the sponsor is to listen, support, pray for and assist the candidate on his/her spiritual journey. The sponsor must be at least 16 years of age and confirmed.
We encourage sponsors to spend time with their candidates during this formation process. Here are some ideas to share with sponsors: attend Mass together, go to the Stations of the Cross during Lent, participate in Family Service Sundays and outside service opportunities, face time and share information about each month’s formation topic. Candidates will also have the opportunity to interview his/her sponsor as part of their Confirmation coursework.
Selection of Confirmation Name and Saint Report
A Confirmation candidate may be confirmed under his or her baptismal name, or in accordance with the past custom of the Church, select the name of a biblical, beatified, or canonized person. If candidates decide to select a name, they should be familiar with the life of the patron of their choice and the ways in which this person was a witness to Christ and demonstrated discipleship. A guided report on the person is a required part of the course work for Confirmation.
Required Dates for Confirmation
- Attend the Confirmation Parent Meeting on Sunday, September 16 from 12:30-1:30 PM in the church
- Fall 2018: Ritual of Confirmation – date TBD
- September 23, 2018: Family Service Sunday
- Friday, February 1, 2019: The certified baptismal record must be received
- April 7, 2019: Family Service Sunday
- Spring 2019: Ritual of Confirmation – date TBD
- Sacramental Recording Form must be completed
- Brief guided Confirmation Saint Name Report DUE
- Sponsor Interview DUE
- May/June 2019: Sacramental Ceremony and Rehearsal (this date is not yet confirmed by the Archdiocese)
How to Register
The process of sacramental preparation is a parish sponsored process. Baptized children over the age of 4th grade, who have celebrated their First Reconciliation and received their First Communion, whose families are registered in Most Precious Blood parish may register to prepare for and celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation during the 2018-19 school year.
To register as a member of MPB Parish, please click here.
Registration is open from July 15-August 21, 2018.
2018 Confirmation Registration Fees:
Standard Registration: July 15-August 31 – $50 per child
Late Registration: September 1-7 – $55 per child
2018 FAITH Registration Fees:
Early Registration: July 15-August 15 – $85 for the first child; $125 family rate (2 or more children)
Standard Registration: August 16-August 31 – $95 for the first child; $140 family rate (2 or more children)
Late Registration: September 1-7 – $105 for the first child; $150 family rate (2 or more children)
We do not want the cost of the programs to inhibit participation. Scholarship funds are available. If you are unable to pay the fees for these programs, please contact Kristen Kraus of the Faith Formation Team (email@example.com).
Registration has now closed for the 2018-2019 school year.
For more information or with questions regarding the registration process, please contact Kristen Kraus of the Faith Formation Team at 303-756-3083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.