|“The sacrament of
Confirmation confers a character. By it the
baptized continue their path of Christian
initiation. They are enriched with the gift of
the Holy Spirit, and are more closely linked to
the Church. They are made strong and more firmly
obliged by word and deed to witness to Christ
and to spread and defend the faith" (Canon 879,
Code of Canon Law).
- “Parents and
pastors of souls, especially parish priests,
are to see that the faithful are properly
instructed to receive the sacrament and come
to it at the opportune time.” (Can. 890).
All candidates for Confirmation will take a
written exam. Candidates are expected to
learn the material and be prepared to be
- Only practicing
Catholics in a state of grace should receive
the sacrament of Confirmation. Sacramental
confession should precede Confirmation when
the candidate is conscious of grave sin.
Opportunities for confession, in addition to
Saturday confessions at the parish, are
available to all St. Thomas students by
appointment. Confessions will also be
available at the Confirmation Retreat.
“A candidate for Confirmation who has
attained the age of reason must profess the
faith, be in the state of grace, has the
intention of receiving the Sacrament of
Confirmation, and be prepared to assume the role
of disciple and witness to Christ, both within
the ecclesial (Church) community and in temporal
affairs” (CCC #1319, on the Responsibilities of
the Candidate for Confirmation).
candidate, with the help of his/her parents, is
responsible for choosing a sponsor. It is
recommended that, if possible, one of the
Baptismal sponsors be the Confirmation sponsor.
This choice would express clearly the
relationship between Baptism and Confirmation
and would make the function of the sponsor more
Confirmation is one of the
Sacraments of Initiation and perfects the
Baptismal grace. The confirmed are expected to
worship God by taking part in the Mass on
Sundays and Holy Days, to receive the Sacrament
of Confession as often as needed, and to receive
the Eucharist as frequently as possible.
confirmed member of the Church is expected to
strengthen and support the Body of Christ, the
Church, by prayers and good works. Each
candidate is encouraged to perform a minimum of
ten hours of community service per year.
Furthermore, the newly confirmed are expected to
continue their religious formation in the 12th
grade of our Religious Education Program.
- Attend and
participate in weekly scheduled religious
- Select a patron
saint’s name (of either gender) as a
- Participate in the
- Study for and pass
your Confirmation Exam.Select a sponsor.
- Perform a minimum of
10 hours of community service per year.
“Parents have the
first responsibility for the education of their
children. Parents have a grave responsibility to
give good example to their children. Through the
grace of the Sacrament of Matrimony, parents
receive the responsibility and privilege of
evangelizing their children. Parents’ have the
mission of teaching their children to pray and
to discover their vocation as children of God”
(CCC #2223, #2225, and #2226, on the Role of the
As parents, you have the primary
role in the sacramental preparation process for
your child. You will help your child grow in the
faith as you prepare him/her for the reception
of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Your
attendance at required events and Sunday Mass is
important. In addition, your willingness,
example, witness, and prayers make a difference
in your child’s decision to receive the
- Prepare your child
for the decision to be confirmed through
instruction, example, and prayer.
- Instill in your
child the desire to continue their religious
- Make sure that the
Confirmation Registration/Data Form with the
selection of Sponsor and Saint Name is
returned to the Religious Education Office.
- Assist your child
in ensuring they attend all the Special
Confirmation Preparation Classes (private
school students join SRE students for these
- Ensure your child
attends the mandatory Confirmation Retreat.
- In addition, the
Candidate must take and pass the
Confirmation Exam with a grade of 70% or
better. The Confirmation Exam will cover
materials specific to the Sacrament of
Confirmation. If your child has any special
learning needs, please inform the Religious
Education Office so we can assist him/her
“The Sponsor for
Confirmation is one who, fittingly, is a
spiritual help to the Candidate” (CCC #1311, on
the Role of the Sponsor for Confirmation).
There is no regulation specifying that men be
sponsors for boys and women be sponsors for
girls. Sponsors take on a life-long commitment
to help their candidates fulfill the obligation
for this sacrament.
Although your role as a
Confirmation Sponsor is not the primary role
(that is the duty of the parent) you nonetheless
are an important person in the preparation
process and for the encouragement of the
candidate to persevere in the Faith.
- Must be 16 years of
age or older (at St. Thomas, the sponsor
should be 16 at the time of the selection of
sponsor in the 9th grade).
- Must be a
practicing Catholic.Must have received all
the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism,
Communion, and Confirmation).
- Must not be
prohibited by Canon Law from acting as a
Sponsor (for example, if married, the
marriage must be valid in the eyes of the
- Must validly
receive Communion at the Confirmation
Mass.Must complete the Sponsor Eligibility
Form and return it to our Office of
- In the event that
the Sponsor cannot attend the Confirmation
Mass in person, a proxy, explicitly
designated by the Sponsor who fulfills the
above qualifications, and who can provide
the Religious Education Office with a
“Sponsor Eligibility Form,” may act in place
of the Sponsor (a parent may also act as a
proxy). If the Confirmation Candidate has a
proxy, the Religious Education Office MUST
be notified in advance and be provided with
the necessary paperwork.
For more information contact the Parish