The Sacraments » Confirmation


The sacrament of Confirmation builds on the baptismal grace, and is received only once, strengthening the recipients in the power of the Spirit, so that they may deepen their life as disciples of Jesus and witnesses to his life and the gospel.

A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs.

The essential rite of Confirmation is anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism together with the laying on of the minister's hand and the words: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”

When Confirmation is celebrated separately from Baptism, its connection with Baptism is expressed, among other ways, by the renewal of baptismal promises. The celebration of Confirmation during the Eucharist helps underline the unity of the sacraments of Christian initiation.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

For the information of those preparing for the Sacrament in the Diocese of Nelson, here are two documents that are helpful:

  • Letter from the Bishop for the current year containing instructions for preparing the children:
  • Calendar for the current year, indicating the presiding Bishop, and the scheduled day and time for those parishes who have children/youth to be confirmed:

More Information:

  • Since confirmation is closely related to baptism, it is recommended that one’s baptismal name be used in the rite, but the custom of taking a new (saints) name is accepted.
  • There is no fixed age for confirmation in Canada.
  • There are certain requirements for the person to be confirmed, the sponsors, and other aspects of the sacrament.
  • There is also an educational preparation for the sacrament for both the child/adult involved, for the community, for the parents and sponsors.
  • Parents may not be sponsors.  Photos are not taken during mass but may be taken afterward.
  • For more information, contact the pastor of your parish or mission.
Jesus greeted them and said, "I am sending you, just as the Father has sent me." Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20:21-23)

Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.

(St. Ambrose)