'Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”' John 8:12
Confirmation is a ceremony and rite of passage to strengthen your relationship with God and vow to practise and follow the faith imparted by Jesus Christ. In order for a person to get Confirmed, he/she must be baptized, received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion and are old enough to understand their commitment before receiving the gift of Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Justin Martyr Parish
If you have a child in Grade 7 or older who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, contact our Co-ordinator - Rachel Martinez via email: email@example.com.
If your child have not been Baptized or have not received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Communion till Grade 7, email firstname.lastname@example.org for briefing on the process.
If you are an adult and would like to be part of the program, please contact the Parish Office and enquire about our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program.
Confirmation is an essential part of Christian Initiation. In Confirmation the bishop seals us, the baptized, with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. This sacrament is intended to:
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why must I take part in a parish-based program when I am attending a Catholic School?
The Catholic schools assist the parents and the parish with what is called "initial preparation" for the sacraments. Initial preparation deals primarily with content: What do we believe as Catholics?
"Immediate preparation," which takes place shortly before a sacrament is celebrated, is the responsibility of the parents and the parish. Immediate preparation leads the candidates to look at their relationship with God and with the Church.
2. What is a sponsor?
If possible the person to be confirmed is to have a sponsor. The sponsor is a model of faith for the candidate and must be a fully initiated, practising Catholic in good standing under church laws and normally at least 16 years of age. It is desirable that the sponsor selected be a godparent who undertook the role at Baptism.
3. Why must I submit a Baptism certificate?
Only someone who is baptized Roman Catholic or who has been received into the Roman Catholic Church may celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. The parish is responsible for verifying this by collecting Baptism Certificates or Certificates of Reception from those presenting themselves as candidates.
4. I was baptized in an Eastern Rite Church, so I was confirmed at the same time. Can I be confirmed again?
Confirmation may be celebrated only once. However, the Ukrainian Eparchial Bishop expects Grade 7 students who are already confirmed to take part in the preparation program at school and in the parish to deepen their understanding of their faith. During the Confirmation Mass, they will be called forward to receive a blessing. Any Grade 7 student who is already confirmed is encouraged to participate in the program.
5. What happens if I miss one of my sessions?
Enrolling in the Confirmation program means commitment to taking part in all aspects of the preparation: Rite of Enrolment, all sessions, retreat. If you are sick or have some other serious conflict, contact the coordinator of the program to arrange to make up the session. Candidates who fail to participate without a valid reason may be required to withdraw from the program and delay Confirmation till another time.
6. What do I do if I decide (during or after the preparation) not to be confirmed?
If you decide that this is not the time for you to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation, you are asked to contact the coordinator. We will respect your decision, and encourage you to consider being confirmed when the time is right for you.
7. Why does the parish need the address of the church where I was baptized?
After you have been confirmed, we record the details in our parish Confirmation register. We are also required to send a notice to the parish in which you were baptized (no matter where in the world that parish is located) and they, too, enter your Confirmation in their records. We can only do this when you provide a complete mailing address for the church.
To learn more about Confirmation, these resources may help: