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 by February 1st. This can be obtained by calling or emailing the church of Baptism and requesting the record be sent to MPB. Photocopies 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 candidate was baptized. This is a paper form to be completed by parents. The form is distributed at the parent meeting and is accessible here and must be completed by the February ritual.
Candidates will need to choose a sponsor for Confirmation when preparing for Confirmation & First Communion. 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 the sponsor does not have to be a godparent. The sponsor should display maturity for this role and a willingness to witness his/her 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, spend 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 & Saint Report
A Confirmation & First Communion candidate may be confirmed under his or her baptismal name, or in accordance to 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 basic brief guided report on the person is a required part of the course work.