When the day of Pentecost had come, the apostles were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Acts 2: 1-4

Just as our bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that our souls need to grow in the life of grace. Just as the human body must grow in childhood, adolescence, and then adulthood; the human soul needs to grow into maturity. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the growth process on the natural level. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in the Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.

Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and your destiny. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) and gave them courage to practice their faith. The same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts and fruits.

If you are an adult who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, please refer The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). If you are a baptized Catholic who never received Confirmation, please call the parish office at 905-945-2661.

If your child is approaching eighth grade or is a little older; we want to continue to assist you in raising your child in the faith and prepare them to make their faith their own.

If you son or daughter attends public, private or home school, please contact the parish office to register them in the Confirmation preparation program. This program begins in January and runs through the Easter Season. Young people cannot be registered midway, so please contact the parish early to register your young adult to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Below are some of the frequently asked questions to help you understand the process of having your child confirmed. If you have any further questions, please call the parish office.

Sacraments 101: Confirmation (why we’re confirmed)

 

At a minimum, your child must:

  • Be baptized in the Catholic Church, or another Christian denomination recognized by the Catholic Church.
  • Your son or daughter should be in eighth grade or older.
  • If your child is older than eighth grade, we may require completion of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).
  • Have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Communion. If your child has not received one or both sacraments, contact the parish office.

Sacramental instruction for our young people in public, private and home school, takes place once a week usually on Tuesday evenings here in the parish with the Parish Catechist. Please contact the parish office for more information on the current schedule.

Confirmation dates are set annually based on the parish schedule and the Bishop’s availability. The Sacrament of Confirmation takes place in the Spring. Please contact the parish office for this year’s Confirmation dates. Sacramental preparation meetings will take place in the Fall and will cover many of the topics about Confirmation. These dates will be advertised at St. John, St. Joseph, and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic schools.

Every person being confirmed must have a sponsor. To be a sponsor, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years, or older
  • Have received Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
  • Be an active, practicing Catholic and be registered at a Catholic parish
  • Not be the parent of the one being confirmed