According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the sacraments of Christian initiation” (CCC1285). The purpose of Confirmation is to complete a Christian’s baptism by celebrating Christ’s gift of the Holy Spirit to the new members of his mystical body – the Church. Ultimately, initiation into Christ’s body is completed by the sacrament of the Eucharist, for by it we become one body, one spirit, in Christ.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age does one receive Confirmation?
In the Archdiocese of Ottawa, the current practice is for young Catholics to receive Confirmation in the sixth grade.
In every sacrament, it is Christ who acts. Thus, it is Christ who confirms and gives the Holy Spirit to the one receiving the sacrament. However, Christ acts through various ministers, and in the case of Confirmation that minister is the Bishop. In some cases, the Bishop may mandate a priest to confirm.
Where does Confirmation take place?
Confirmation takes place in the Church at the time chosen by the Archdiocese in collaboration with the parish and the school.
Do I have to be a registered parishioner to be confirmed or to have my child confirmed?
Because it is the responsibility of each parish to prepare candidates for Confirmation and to register them with the Archdiocese, it is necessary for you to register for Confirmation with the parish in whose boundary you reside or with which you are registered. However, if you think that there is a sufficient reason for you to register with us and participate in our preparation process, we ask that you contact our Parish Office (613-725-2242).
How should a Confirmation sponsor be selected?
The requirements of a sponsor for Confirmation are the same as those for a Godparent; a fully initiated Catholic (baptized, confirmed and has received First Holy Communion), at least 16 years of age, living a life of faith, and neither the father nor mother of the one being confirmed.