4 Sacraments

Confirmation

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION AT GUARDIAN ANGELS PARISH

The Sacraments of Confirmation is a public celebration of the Catholic faith and is of utmost importance in the life of the church.
At Guardian Angels Parish, the Ministry of Sacramental Preparation facilitates and is committed to all aspects of the preparation process.
Please direct all your questions and inquiries to the Ministry of Sacramental Preparation by sending an email to gapsacramentalpreparation@gmail.com  


FORM #1 - For children currently in grade 2 attending our parish schools (Guardian Angels, St. Aidan, St.Angela Merici, St. Bonaventure, St. Daniel Comboni, St. Lucy Catholic Schools)

    • CLICK HERE to download and complete the required CONFIRMATION APPLICATION FORM for students from Parish Schools of Guardian Angels Parish.
    • Submit the completed application form together with the required documents to the child's school on or before November 30, 2020 (Monday).
      NOTE: Please do not submit the application form if there are missing information and supporting documents.  We will only process application forms with complete requirements/documents.
    • The child must attend and complete the Confirmation catechism classes at his/her respective school.

FORM #2 -  For children below 18 years old attending public or private schools or is late in registering for the school year in our parish schools or has not previously received the Sacrament Confirmation

    • CLICK HERE to download and complete the required CONFIRMATION APPLICATION FORM for students from public and private schools and late registrants.
    • CLICK HERE to download and complete the GAP PARENT/GUARDIAN CONSENT FORM for online classes.
    • Email all the completed application forms together with the required documents to gapsacramentalpreparation@gmail.com  on or before November 1, 2020 (Sunday).
      NOTE: Please do not email the forms if supporting documents are missing.
    • The child must attend the Confirmation catechism classes at Guardian Angels Church. Dates of Catechism classes will be communicated to you by the Ministry of Sacramental Preparation after your complete application form with the required documents are received


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:

  • root us more deeply as sons and daughters of God,
  • incorporate us more firmly into Christ,
  • strengthen our bond with the Church,
  • associate us more closely with the mission of the Church, and
  • strengthen us to bear witness to the Christian faith.

 

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.‚Äč

 

Resources

To learn more about Confirmation, these resources may help: