Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the graces given at Baptism. By the sacrament of confirmation you are more perfectly bound to the Church and enriched by special strength of the Holy Spirit. “Baptism, Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation, whose unity must be safeguarded.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285)

Confirmation of Children

At what age should my child be confirmed?

Sometime between the ages of 7 and 11. According to the Church confirmation is to be received at the age of reason. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the “Latin custom has indicated ‘the age of discretion’ as the reference point for receiving Confirmation” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1307). The U.S. Bishops have stated that the sacrament may be conferred anytime between the ages of 7 and 19 with each bishop establishing the norm for his diocese. Bishop Lopes has written that within the Ordinariate a child is normally “to be admitted to Confirmation and the Eucharist around the age of discretion, being sometime between the ages of 7 and 11” (Pastoral Letter on the Holy Spirit p. 23).

Why do you encourage the reception of confirmation prior to first communion?

There are three reasons

  1. The ancient custom of the Church was that the sacraments of initiation were to be received in the following order: baptism, confirmation, communion. 
  2. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church “The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1322).
  3. Pope Benedict XVI and others have encouraged this practice

 

Ideally a child will be confirmed and receive first holy communion at the same Mass.

Read more about the Restored Order of the Sacraments as presented by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, D.D.

How do I know that my child is ready for confirmation?

Preparation for confession, confirmation, and or communion can begin when the parents and the pastor have determined readiness of the child and he or she:

  1. has reached at least the age of reason (7-11). A good sign of this is your child’s ability to reason (for example when a child has reasoned on his or her own that Santa Clause cannot exist because of various impossibilities). See also First Reconciliation Readiness Indicators (Those with mental developmental disabilities are to receive their sacraments along with their peer groups even without showing any signs of reaching the age of reason). 
  2. is receiving ongoing instruction in the faith either at St. James, home, or school
  3. is able to renew baptismal promises
  4. is regularly attending Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation and the other precepts of the Church (link to Reconciliation page – Precepts of the Church)
  5. has requested Confession, Confirmation, or First Communion
Why don’t you normally confirm during eighth grade?

With all of the challenges and temptations of the world, why withhold the graces of the Sacrament of Confirmation any longer than is absolutely necessary? Within the Ordinariate a child is normally “to be admitted to Confirmation and the Eucharist around the age of discretion, being sometime between the ages of 7 and 11” (Pastoral Letter on the Holy Spirit p. 23). If a child is passed the age of reason then confirmation will be administered at the current age of the child.

How do you get the confirmation preparation process started?
  1. Assess the readiness of the child from the parental perspective. See above “How do I know that my child is ready for confirmation?
  2. Please contact Father Mayer to schedule an assessment meeting with the child so that he can confirm the child’s readiness to begin sacramental preparation.
  3. Obtain a sponsor for the child who can help and be of assistance to the child during and after confirmation. See below: Sponsor.
What are the requirements for confirmation at St. James?

Membership or Permission
In order to receive Confirmation at St. James Catholic Church, the family must be registered members of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, or else have a signed letter from the Pastor of their home parish giving his permission for the child to receive catechetical preparation and the Sacrament at this parish.

Receive Instruction

In addition to the readiness indicators above which include ongoing instruction, the child and the child’s sponsor are to receive specific instruction in preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Parents are also encouraged to to attend the workshops and to be an encouraging example for the child by allowing the child to see the parent going to Confession while at the workshop.

  • Reconciliation Workshop: Sunday, January 22, 2023, 12-2 PM
  • Confirmation Workshop: Sunday, March 26, 2023, 12-2 PM

Submit all required paperwork

Completed Ordinariate Member Form. Only members of the Ordinariate may be confirmed at St. James.

Confirmation and first communion Mass Date

Vigil of Pentecost: Saturday, May 27, 2023, 5:30 PM (this date is tentative – awaiting response back from Bishop’s office)

Confirmation Sponsor for a Child

What does it mean to be a sponsor?

Serving as a sponsor is an important commitment and responsibility to help the person being confirmed to lead a Christian life and to faithfully fulfill the obligations connected with receiving confirmation. The primary role of the sponsor is to be a witness of faith and to be willing to share that faith in a supportive way with the child. Sponsors represent the wider Church in and pledge the support and the prayer of the Church.

What are the requirements for sponsors?
  • Be designated by the one to be confirmed and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;
  • Have completed the sixteenth year of age (unless the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause);
  • Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;
  • Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared (for example, the person must be in a marriage considered valid by the Catholic Church, if living with spouse);
  • Not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed/baptized/received.
  • Be instructed properly on the meaning of this sacrament and the obligations attached to it.
How many sponsors can a child have?

For confirmation there is normally only one sponsor, either male or female, though two are permitted. If there are two, one must be a man and the other a woman. 

What are the next steps for serving as a sponsor?
  1. Please print and complete the Godparent/Sponsor Form and get it to Fr. Mayer either by dropping it off at Mass, emailing it to office@StJamesCC.org or mailing it to the St. James Parsonage, 3725 Lilly Rd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32207.

  2. Plan to attend the confirmation workshop and rehearsal, normally held on the same day
What if a designated sponsor cannot be at the confirmation?

If a sponsor is physically unable to be at the confirmation, the Church allows for the sponsor to appoint in writing a proxy who will be able to physically be at the confirmation. If this is your situation please have the sponsor complete print and complete this form and have it emailed to office@StJamesCC.org or mailed to the St. James Parsonage, 3725 Lilly Rd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32207.

Confirmation of Adults

Confirmation preparation for adults is normally completed through attendance of the bi-weekly OCIA program or through individualized instructional meetings. Please Contact Us to set up an initial meeting.

What is a Sponsor?

Serving as a sponsor is an important commitment and responsibility to help the person being confirmed to lead a Christian life and to faithfully fulfill the obligations connected with receiving confirmation. The primary role of the sponsor is to be a witness of faith and to be willing to share that faith in a supportive way with the person being confirmed. Sponsors represent the wider Church in and pledge the support and the prayer of the Church.

What are the requirements for sponsors?
  • Be designated by the one to be confirmed and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;
  • Have completed the sixteenth year of age (unless the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause);
  • Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;
  • Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared (for example, the person must be in a marriage considered valid by the Catholic Church, if living with spouse);
  • Not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed/baptized/received.
  • Be instructed properly on the meaning of this sacrament and the obligations attached to it.
How many sponsors can a person have?

For confirmation there is normally only one sponsor, either male or female, though two are permitted. If there are two, one must be a man and the other a woman.

What are the next steps for serving as a sponsor?
  1. Please print and complete the Godparent/Sponsor Form and get it to Fr. Mayer either by dropping it off at Mass, emailing it to office@StJamesCC.org or mailing it to the St. James Parsonage, 3725 Lilly Rd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32207.

  2. Plan to attend as many of the confirmation preparation meetings as possible and to be available to the person preparing for confirmation. If you are not able to attend the preparation meetings, you will need to set up an individualized meeting with Father Mayer.

  3. Plan to attend the confirmation rehearsal which is normally held one week prior to the confirmation.
What if a designated sponsor cannot be at the confirmation?

If a sponsor is physically unable to be at the confirmation, the Church allows for the sponsor to appoint in writing a proxy who will be able to physically be at the confirmation. If this is your situation please have the sponsor complete print and complete this form and have it emailed to office@StJamesCC.org or mailed to the St. James Parsonage, 3725 Lilly Rd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32207.