The Sacrament of Confirmation
“Be sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.”
These are the words that the newly confirmed will hear when the Bishop anoints their foreheads with the Holy Oil of Chrism on their Confirmation Day. But, like so many things in life, there is a bit of a journey before we reach this point in time. The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation found in the Catholic Church. The other two Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism and Holy Communion. It is through Baptism that we are welcomed into the Church and freed from original sin. Holy Communion brings Jesus into to our body and nourishes our eternal soul. It is the Sacrament of Confirmation that completes the process of initiation in the Catholic Church and fills us with the graces of the Holy Spirit.
The faith journey to Confirmation is one which requires support. Candidates for Confirmation are typically school aged youth in Grade 7 or older. At this age, our children look to adults to be examples of our faith and show them how to live their lives within the teachings of our Lord Jesus. Parents and guardians are a child’s primary teachers and examples of our Catholic faith. Families are encouraged to attend Mass weekly and share in the many graces that our faith brings. Praying as a community during Sunday Eucharist and other Church celebrations give our youth a sense that they are part of a larger community.
The Grade 7 children who attend our Parish community schools will be given as part of their curriculum many of the formation lessons that are required in their faith journey to Confirmation. For those youths who attend private or public schools, or who are home schooled, and were baptized as Catholics, there are supports available to the parents and guardians. For these Confirmation candidates, the Parish recommends the Catechetical Correspondence course provided by the Diocese of Hamilton.
For those children who are old enough to be confirmed, but have been baptized outside of the Catholic Church or not baptized at all, the Parish recommends that they consider joining the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program for children.
Each year Regina Mundi Parish holds an information meeting for parents and guardians of those students receiving the sacrament of Confirmation during the upcoming year. The meeting is typically held in the Church on a weekday evening. Important details of regarding formation and Confirmation day are shared at this meeting. Confirmation registration forms will be distributed as well. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. But, if circumstances prevent you from attending the information meeting on the scheduled date, please contact your child’s teacher for the Confirmation registration forms. Unfortunately, the date and time for this year’s information meeting has not been announced yet. Please check this website and the Parish Bulletin regularly for announcements regarding Confirmation and the upcoming information meeting. For further information, parents and guardians may contact the Pastor of Regina Mundi by calling the Parish Office at 905-385-3297.