Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the completion of the Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being Baptism and Eucharist. Through Confirmation we “share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which he is filled, so that our lives may give off ‘the aroma of Christ.’” (CCC 1294-1295)
When children of the age of seven or older or adults are baptized, they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the same time as their Baptism and First Eucharist. This takes place through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) or RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) programs.
For youth who were baptized as infants, the practice at St. Joan of Arc is that the Sacrament of Confirmation is administered when they are in the ninth grade or higher. It is expected that all the children and youth of Saint Joan of Arc parish will participate in our Religious Education program throughout their grade-school and high-school lives. The preparation year specifically for youth Confirmation involves classes on the Catholic Faith and Faith in Action service opportunities, as well as youth social activities.
Each person who is preparing for Confirmation must have a sponsor. A sponsor is a Catholic who is living his/her faith as best as she/he can through weekly attendance at Mass, regular participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and a willingness to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church. A sponsor must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, be at least sixteen years of age, not be the parent of the one to be Confirmed, and, if married, his or her marriage must be in accord with Catholic Church.