"Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the sacraments of Christian initiation, whose unity must be safeguarded ... 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."
- Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph # 1285)
Sacraments 101: Confirmation
(why we're confirmed)
Join Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, as he briefly explains the basics of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
* Please note * The above Sacraments 101: Confirmation video mentions the option of choosing a Confirmation name. In the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface, the candidate's baptismal name is used at Confirmation to emphasize the link between the Sacraments of Baptism & Confirmation.
Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Confirmation
Bishop Robert Barron shares his Confirmation message to young people. In this video he speaks about the renewal of baptismal promises.
Confirmation preparation is done in Grade 6 at the Parish of St. Timothy. Children attend weekly 1 hour classes and participate in various service projects throughout the year. We currently use the Confirmed in the Spirit program from Loyola Press. Parents participate in one mandatory class per month with their child.
The following criteria must be met before preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
child has been baptized
child has completed a minimum of forty (40) hours in an ongoing program of catechesis in the previous two years (see p. 7 of Diocesan Catechetical policy - Archdiocese of St. Boniface)
child has received the Sacrament of First Penance (Confession / Reconciliation)
child has received the Sacrament of First Eucharist (First Communion)
child is in Grade 6 or higher
Attendance and Formation Requirements
weekly classes - October to March
6 mandatory parent & candidate sessions - once a month October to March
various service projects - November / December, April / May
a visit with the Archbishop - March / April / May
one candidate & sponsor retreat - May
Mass of celebration of Confirmation - May / June