Confirmation

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At St. Alphonsus Liguori, Catholics in grade 7+ are invited to begin the preparation process for Confirmation, to receive a deeper outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the final Sacrament of initiation, an excellent time for a young Catholic and their family to grow in faith and renew their Catholic commitment.

Program Scope

  • Register through the link below.
  • Submit candidate’s baptism certificate and program fee to the church.
  • Select a sponsor and have them submit their documentation to the church (see guidelines for sponsor selection in the FAQ section below).
  • Participate in ten sessions and a retreat throughout the year (link to full schedule below).
  • Attend Mass throughout the year to complete ten Mass reflections.
  • Research a saint and make a visual project about them.
  • Receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

Frequently Asked Questions

According to the Code of Canon Law, a sponsor must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Be a practicing Catholic, leading a life in harmony with the Roman Catholic faith.
  • Have received the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation.
  • Not be a parent of the candidate.

A sponsor must provide proof of both Baptism AND Confirmation in order to be a sponsor; this can easily be obtained by contacting the church the sponsor was baptized at and asking for a copy of the sponsor’s updated sacrament record.

A sponsor is not expected to attend sessions, however they are welcome to attend if they would like to go alongside their candidate in the preparation process. They should plan to attend the rehearsal as well as the Confirmation Mass itself.

If they were baptized at our church, we can look up their sacrament record here. If they were baptized at a different church but can’t find their certificate(s), we recommend calling their church of baptism as soon as possible and asking for an updated sacrament record (it can be helpful to the process if you’re able to give their full name, date of birth, and even their baptism date to the church when you request the record). This record can be sent directly to our church, or you can send us a copy when you receive it.

This program is meant for young people who have been baptized Catholic, received their first Reconciliation and first Holy Communion, and are in grades 7-12. For anyone 18 years or older, you should enter our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program; contact Hanna (office@stalphonsus.net) for more information if you fall in that older age range or have not been baptized/received your first sacraments.

A few years ago, the diocese determined through prayer and discussion with the school board that a parish-based sacrament prep program was the way to go. This is primarily because the sacraments stem from the faith relationship found within the community of the Church, not membership in a school. Eventually, students graduate from school; but a parish is a family of faith that someone never graduates from. Their school will not be the place they go back to for healing in a moment of crisis, for sacramental care in a time of sorrow or joy, or for direction and encouragement when they are called to grow and mature in life. Through the Sacraments one declares, “I want to be a member of this community of faith for life”. Through our community, the faithful, including our children, grow and become who God wants them to be!

Normally, sacraments should be received in one’s home parish, usually the closest parish to where you live or the parish where you regularly worship. For a serious reason, however, an exception may be made for a candidate to receive Confirmation in a different parish. If you’re from a parish other than ours, we ask you to obtain a letter of permission from your own parish pastor and provide it to us before beginning our preparation program.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to participate in Mass regularly – every weekend. (Our Mass schedule is Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 9am or 11am.) At baptism, parents promise to raise their children in the practice of the faith. Through Confirmation, young Catholics are strengthened to take personal responsibility for building good faith habits and become adults in the eyes of the Church. It is important that our actions match our inner thoughts, so candidates looking to receive this sacrament who intend not to enter a church again for some time afterwards should question whether this is the appropriate time in their lives to receive Confirmation. The most significant way parents can help their children prepare for any sacrament is to participate regularly with them at Mass, to model their own regular participation with the sacraments – and it’s never too late to start!

How to Enroll

Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation are asked to provide a copy of their baptismal certificate. Baptismal certificates can be obtained by contacting the parish where the candidate was baptized and can be sent directly to St. Alphonsus Liguori or uploaded when you enrol. Candidates who were baptized at St. Alphonsus Liguori do not need to provide a Baptismal certificate.

Candidates living within the boundaries of, and worshiping at, St. Alphonsus Liguori are welcome to complete an enrolment form online. If your family is registered and worshiping at another parish, please consult with your Pastor regarding celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. For those families worshiping at other parishes wishing to have their children celebrate Sacraments at St. Alphonsus Liguori, please provide a letter of blessing from your Pastor.

To help cover the cost of the materials and resources used, the parish asks for $50. This can be given at any time through the mail slot of the office. Please place the amount in an envelope marked with the candidate’s name.

Enrollment Checklist

  • Enrol.
  • Watch your email; in December more details will be shared.
  • Children baptized outside of St. Alphonsus Liguori will need to submit a Baptismal Certificate from the church they were baptized in.
  • Children who belong to another church need a letter of blessing from their parish priest. Your church is usually the parish closest to where you live or where you regularly worship.
  • Find a Confirmation Sponsor. Confirmation Sponsors will need to provide evidence of their own Confirmation. For those baptized outside of St. Alphonsus Liguori, this can be obtained from the place of their baptism.
  • Send $50 to the church. This can be done at any time through the mail slot of the office. Please place the amount in an envelope marked with the candidate’s name.

To the Candidate: Are You Ready?

Your initiation into the Christian community began when you were born! Your parents presented you for baptism, and continued to support you in celebrating Holy Communion for the first time. Confirmation completes the initiation and you become a full member of the church. Here are a few things to think about:

Confirmation is the beginning of a new and deeper kind of commitment. This is now all the support from your parents, guardians, community and school culminating in your decision to claim your faith and renew and recommit yourself to the promises that were made on your behalf at baptism.

Do you have to know everything about being Catholic to be Confirmed? Not at all! Your faith journey is a lifetime path; you need only understand the kind of commitment you are making and be willing to have a deepening relationship with God.

How do you know you are ready? The following questions may help you discern if you are ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation:

  • Why do I want to be Confirmed?
    If everyone else in my peer group/class/friends, etc. was choosing not to be Confirmed, would I still choose to be Confirmed myself?
  • Am I willing to be a person of love and compassion, serving others in the way that Jesus did?
  • Am I ready to commit to living a Christian way of life?
  • Am I willing to make an effort to deepen my spiritual life through private prayer and public worship?
  • Is participation in the Christian community, particularly through my parish, important to me?

If you do not feel able to make such a commitment, we encourage you not to be Confirmed at this time. Confirmation is about celebrating one’s full, conscious and active participation in the Christian community. It doesn’t make sense to celebrate the ritual if we do not intend to live out the commitment. When you feel you are ready, that is the time to be Confirmed!

One final note…

This is a grace-filled time for candidates and family members alike. The best spiritual preparation for the candidates and the best example by the parents involves faithful Catholic practice. God bless you as you continue on your journey of faith.

While this will undoubtedly be an exciting time for you, please know the entire parish community shares in this excitement. It will be an opportunity for all of us to deepen our Christian faith, and to strengthen our commitment to serve one another and the world.

At St. Alphonsus Liguori in Peterborough, your family are invited and welcome to join any our Sunday Masses designed to fit any busy schedule:
Saturday, 5:00pm; Sunday, 9:00am; Sunday, 10:45 am; Sunday, 12:30, and Sunday, 5:30pm.

May God bless you as you continue on your journey of faith. Of course, if our parish can be of any assistance or answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. The entire parish community shares your excitement as you prepare for these beautiful Sacraments!