Frequently Asked Questions about Confirmation
When does the programme begin and how can I enrol?
Please email Fr. Ray to discuss enrolling.
Who can be my sponsor?
Anyone who is
- A practising Roman Catholic
- Over 16 years of age
- Not your own mother or father
Your sponsor is someone who stands beside you at your Confirmation to present you to the Bishop. They undertake to take an interest in your journey of faith.
You do not actually have to have a new “Confirmation name” but most people do. The idea is that you choose the name of a saint who will be your special patron. You must therefore know something about the saint and why you are inspired by him or her. We will help you in this during the course of the preparation programme.
You are not required to wear any specific uniform for Confirmation. You should dress smartly as for a special occasion. Although it would be quite in order to have some new clothes for the occasion, the most important thing is how you are prepared inside. What matters is not your external appearance but the state of your soul.
We will meet for one hour and a half for each of the six classes listed. These are to prepare you for receiving the sacrament. Most people find the lessons quite enjoyable and by the time Confirmation comes around, people have made friends and feel much more a part of the Church. You only receive the sacrament of Confirmation once in your life and it is important to prepare properly.
Yes. You should go to Confession regularly anyway. If it has been a long time since you went, we will help you to prepare and you are sure to find it a very rewarding experience.
If there is a serious reason or if you are genuinely ill, your parents can let me know. I will ask them not to arrange outings that clash with your lessons for Confirmation and you must do your bit to keep those times free. If anyone were to miss the lessons without good reason, they would not be properly prepared to receive the sacrament.
Don’t worry. Simply tell me the year you were baptised and the name of the Church. I will then write off and get you a new certificate.
A Catholic should indeed receive the sacrament of Confirmation before celebrating the sacrament of Matrimony. But your first reason for being confirmed should be so that you can receive the Holy Spirit to help you to take a fuller part in the life of the Church.
If you have any other questions, feel free to email the Parish Priest.