What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Confirmation perfects our baptism and brings us the graces of the Holy Spirit that were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.

For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.

Confirmation Requirements & *Options:

Successfully complete 7th and 8th grade Religious Formation (two-year minimum)

*Choose a Confirmation name (optional).  Start by researching patron saints on websites such as Catholic Online. They should find a saint who appeals to them on multiple levels and reflects the virtues your child admires.

 

Select Confirmation Sponsor

While parents selected godparents for their child’s Baptism, the child being confirmed selects their Confirmation sponsor. When choosing a sponsor, there are a few requirements. The sponsor must be 18 years or older, cannot be your parent, and must be a confirmed and a practicing Catholic who attends church regularly.

Some recommendations include selecting an adult they look up to as a mentor, someone who lives nearby so they can attend meetings, and someone who is easy to talk to and mentor the child, especially when they are going through a difficult phase in their life.
 
A sponsor must meet the following requirements:
  • Be at least 16 years old 
  • A practicing Catholic who has received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) 
  • In good standing with the Church 
  • NOT the father or mother of the candidate
 
The sponsor’s home parish most verify he/she is qualified to be a sponsor by submitting a sponsor certificate from their parish or verify they are registered as a Madonna parishioner.
 

Complete 3 Community Services

Has your child completed their three required community services for Confirmation? Get them started now! There are many options: feeding the homeless, visiting the sick, helping the elderly, and more! For more ideas, Contact: Max Almenas, Director of Religious Formation, max@madonnachurch.org
Office: 201-461-4261 (M-F, 10-6), Mobile: 201-414-8160 (weekends)

 

*UPDATES: The confirmation date for October 2018 is to be determined. Please check this page periodically for updates. The online registration form will open in Spring 2018. 
 

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Parents and family members now have the convenience of paying for the Confirmation DVDs, which are $20 each, by credit card! We accept Visa, MasterCard American Express or Discover Card.
 
Watch the video at the top to see the quality of work Tony Sutera (Madonna School alumni) from Precious Moments Videos produces every year for Madonna Parish! 
 
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