Preparing for Confirmation
Why should I be Confirmed?
The Sacrament of Confirmation completes our Baptism and our initiation into the Catholic Church. In years gone by (and for adults today), Confirmation was conferred immediately after Baptism. With the introduction of infant Baptism the normal practice now is to be Confirmed when you are older and able to make the full commitment to your Faith and the Church.
The effect of Confirmation, when received prayerfully and with sincerity, is to transform you with the power of the Holy Spirit. It marks the beginning of your adult Christian life, a process of growing maturity that will continue if you remain faithful to prayer and the Sacraments. Once Confirmed you should expect to receive from God the Grace to be more courageous in standing up for your beliefs and explaining your faith to others. The Church also expects you to play a more active part in its work of bringing people to God in whatever way suits your particular interests and talents.
In order to celebrate the Sacrament in the Easter Season, parents must be registered with Holy Cross Parish.
Registration for Confirmation takes place each year in January – more information is published in the Parish Bulletin in mid-November.
**Please note: Candidates wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation MUST be baptized Roman Catholic and MUST already have received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.
In Holy Cross Parish we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in the 7th grade with the candidate completing a Preparation Program. The purpose of the program is to help the candidate to participate fully in the liturgy of Confirmation.
A person being confirmed is to have one sponsor who fulfills the same requirements as a Baptismal sponsor (this is, a godparent). The sponsor may be male or female and may be one of the child’s godparent’s. A parent cannot be a sponsor. (Canon Law 893)