Confirmation

Confirmation

Candidates must be prepared in our Religious Education Program, in one of our neighboring parish schools, or in a Catholic academy. The catechesis for Confirmation is a 3-year program, taking place in the fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. Confirmation Retreat and the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation take place in the fall after completing the 3-year program.

Ideally, all Sacraments should be made in the individual’s own parish, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia permits the pastor to make exceptions for good reason at the request of the parents. Father McLaughlin will permit students of a neighboring parish school or a Catholic academy to receive Confirmation with their classmates, if their parents make the request.

Sponsors

The following guidelines have been established by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to assess suitability for the role of sponsor at Baptism or at Confirmation. These guidelines are based on the requirements for sponsors as outlined in Canons 872-874 and 892-893 of the The Code of Canon Law.

 1.   A person who is to be baptized or confirmed is to have a sponsor. While it has become a tradition to have two sponsors at Baptism, having only one sponsor is acceptable. No more than two sponsors are permitted, and the two may not be of the same sex.

 2.   A sponsor must be sixteen years of age, unless the pastor or minister of the sacrament grants an exception for a lower age, provided there is a just cause.

 3.   A Catholic who has not already received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist may not be a sponsor. Such a Catholic should be encouraged to complete Christian Initiation at an appropriate time.

 4.   If married, a sponsor must be validly married in the Catholic Church.

 5.   A priest or deacon may be a sponsor, but is not encouraged to be sponsor and minister of Baptism in the same ceremony. A member of an institute of consecrated life or society of apostolic life may be a sponsor.

 6.   A Catholic who has left the Church by a formal act may not be a sponsor. A non-practicing Catholic may be admitted as a sponsor only if the pastor or minister of the sacrament can determine that the person is in the process of returning to the regular practice of the faith.

 7.   With the Archbishop’s permission, obtained through the Chancery, a substitute sponsor may be added to the sacramental register when, for example, the original sponsor has died or has left the Catholic Church by a formal act; however, the name of the original sponsor may not be removed.

 8.   A suitable member of the Eastern Orthodox Church may be admitted as a sponsor for Baptism, but only together with a Catholic sponsor, for a just cause as long as there is provision for the Catholic education of the person to be baptized. Similarly, a Catholic is not forbidden to stand as sponsor in an Eastern Orthodox Church, if he or she is invited.

 9.   A baptized non-Catholic may be admitted as a Christian witness at Baptism, but only together with a Catholic sponsor. Similarly, a Catholic may act as a Christian witness for a person being baptized in another ecclesial community, but not as a sponsor.

10.   One who has left the Catholic Church by a formal act may not be a Christian witness, nor may an unbaptized person.

11.   A parent may not be a sponsor for his or her child. An adoptive parent is to be discouraged from exercising this function.


The priests of our parish follow these guidelines in issuing letters of eligibility for our parishioners. Parents should consider these guidelines in the selection of godparents for their children.