The Sacrament of Confirmation
Children in Grade 7 for the 2019-2020 school year who are Baptized may participate in the sacrament of Confirmation. Those children attending one of our Catholic Elementary Schools will participate with their classmates. If your child does not attend one of these schools (ie attend public, private or home school) please refer to the Catechetical Page of our Sacraments header.
Here is the process for those students in Catholic Elementary School:
Registration forms are distributed by classroom teachers the first week of school commencing in September. Copies of the registration form can also be downloaded from this site (see below).
Parents are to complete in FULL the registration form and attach a COPY of the child's Catholic Baptism Certificate to the form. The Baptism Certificate is required even if the child was baptized at this parish. If you do not have a copy of the Baptism Certificate please contact your child's church of Baptism and secure a record to be submitted with the registration form.
Parents are to attend a compulsory Parent Meeting on Wednesday October 2nd 2019 @ 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the church. This meeting will provide important information about the sacrament.
Completed registration forms are to be handed in at the Parent Meeting. Alternatively you can drop off the completed forms to the parish office directly or scan and email them to NOTE: forms are NOT to be returned to schools and teachers will not collect them; they must be submitted to the parish office only.
We ask for all registration forms to be submitted to the parish office no later than October 11/19.
Confirmation Registration Form: Click Here
Confirmation Sacrament Information Letter: Click Here
Requirements if Child Not Baptized Roman Catholic:
For a child to be confirmed they need to have been baptized in the Roman Catholic Church and have received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion.
If your child has not been baptized Catholic or has not received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion the following situations may apply to you:
Your child has not been baptized. Once a child is past the age of 8 the model for the reception of sacraments is no longer like that of children, but follows the pattern of adult converts. After preparation they will be baptized, confirmed and receive First Holy Communion at the same mass (usually during the Easter season). Your child cannot participate in the Confirmation ceremony with their class.
Your child was baptized either Roman Catholic or in another Christian denomination but has not yet received First Communion
The child will be prepared for First Confession which they will celebrate prior to Confirmation.
There will also be preparation for Communion which they will receive at the time of Confirmation during that celebration.
Your child was baptized in the Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Churches do not separate Baptism and Confirmation. Confirmation like baptism can be received only once so your child does not participate in the Confirmation ceremony.
Finally, please be aware that participation in the sacraments is optional. It must be reflective of your desire as a parent to enrich the faith life and development of your child. Sacramental preparation does require parental involvement, guidance and support therefore your commitment to this event is essential.