Confirmation

"Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace..." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285)

The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church (together with Baptism and Holy Communion).

This special anointing given by the bishop or priest has the effect of increasing, deepening, and strengthening the sanctifying grace of God given to us at our baptism; while baptism removes from our souls the stain of original sin, Confirmation pours into our souls the power of the Holy Spirit and his seven gifts – just like the Apostles received at Pentecost.
Youth
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is available to youth who are participating in Youth Ministry. Candidates must attend Mass faithfully and fulfill all of the requirements prior to the celebration of this sacrament.

For information, contact the Parish Catechetical Leader at the Parish Office 407-695-3262 or email: ff@saintaugustinecc.org .

Adults
Separate sessions are held for adults who have not yet been confirmed.

For information, please contact the Adult Faith Formation Coordinator at the Parish Office or email: aff@saintaugustinecc.org .

Requirements
  • Must be a Baptized Catholic.
  • Must be an active registered parishioner of St. Augustine Church.
  • Candidate must be enrolled in and regularly attend Youth Ministry.
  • Must be registered for Confirmation classes and attend all the sessions.
  • Copy of candidate's certificate of Baptism.
  • Candidate must select a sponsor (may be a Baptism godparent).
  • Must attend a Confirmation retreat and rehearsal.

Important Dates
  • Confirmation Preparation - Sundays, April 15 and 22, 2018 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm in the Parish Life Center. All Sessions are mandatory.
  • Retreat - Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10:00am in the Parish Life Center.
  • Rehearsal - Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 3:00pm in the Church. Sponsors must be present.
  • Celebration of Confirmation - Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Church. The celebrant will be Bishop John Noonan.

Role of a Confirmation Sponsor
Just as sponsor for baptism takes upon himself/herself the responsibility of helping the newly baptized person mature in the living a Christian life and offers his or her own life and practice of the faith as an example of faith, prayer and service within the Catholic Church, the Sponsor for confirmation continues that work for the person who is to be confirmed. The Sacrament of Confirmation also creates a strong spiritual bond between the one who is confirmed and the sponsor. The sponsor should be committed to trying to be a part of the confirmandi’s life by presence and prayer always realizing that a sponsor’s prayers for that person are especially efficacious before Almighty God.  One’s “yes” to be a sponsor for Confirmation is not just a “yes” to the candidate, but also a serious commitment to God in taking on this obligation. 

Requirements of the Sponsor
  • A sponsor must be someone other than the parent of the one to be confirmed.
  • A sponsor must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.
  • A sponsor must be at least 16 years of age and may be male or female regardless of the sex of the candidate.
  • A sponsor must be leading a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken; therefore, if married, must be married in the Church and if single, must be striving to live a chaste life and therefore cannot be living with a person outside of marriage.
  • A sponsor must be a practicing Catholic, registered in a parish, who regularly attends Mass on Sundays and Holy Days and receives the Holy Eucharist.

Helpful Links
Catechism of the Catholic Church
  1. Confirmation (why we're confirmed)
  2. Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Confirmation
  3. SketchPad: Confirmation