BEGINNING THE JOURNEY
It is common for us to realize as adults that we want to know more about our faith and to wrestle with some of the more difficult questions we have. Here at Prince of Peace we are honored to help our adults prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, because we understand that faith is a lifelong journey, and many of us who have been Catholic our entire lives are now ready to explore our faith in a new way.
If you're not yet baptized and considering becoming Catholic, or a Catholic who never received First Eucharist, our RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) might be right for you.
Our adults preparing for Confirmation have a special opportunity to grow in their relationship with God, themselves, and the other adults preparing for Confirmation at our weekly sessions where we learn together, ask questions, and encourage one another in our journey of faith.
The process lasts about five months. We meet as a group weekly for two hours, and we have dinner together, a short presentation, and small-group sharing. We also have a one-day retreat about two months into preparation.
Sessions are offered in both English and Spanish in the spring and fall of each year.
We welcome spouses to come and show their support by accompanying their spouse to these weekly sessions.
TAKING THAT FIRST STEP
The first thing you’ll do to register to Adult Confirmation is schedule a meeting with Deacon Robert Trahan to talk about your desire for Confirmation. During this conversation, we will talk about your relationship with God, explain what your next steps will be, and answer any questions you might have. The conversation is nothing to dress up for or worry about, it’s simply a conversation so we can get to know you better and help you with Confirmation.
CHOOSING YOUR SPONSOR
Confirmation sponsors have an important role in the lives of those receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Below are some helpful guidelines to remember as you choose your sponsor.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A CONFIRMATION SPONSOR?
The sponsor prays for their candidate, answers questions, and serves as a role model in the faith. Choose someone who lives his or her Catholic life well: daily prayer, weekly Mass, knowledgeable about the faith. Obviously, the sponsor doesn’t have to be perfect, but he or she must be striving to live our Catholic faith every day. Although it is not absolutely necessary, it is most helpful if the sponsor is local so that he or she can frequently meet up with you.
DO SPONSORS HAVE TO BE CATHOLIC?
Yes, sponsors must be fully initiated (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) Catholics who attend Mass regularly and are able to receive the Eucharist. An unbaptized or non-Christian person is not eligible to be a sponsor for Confirmation.
DO SPONSORS HAVE TO BE MARRIED IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
Yes, if married, a sponsor's marriage must be recognized by the Catholic Church. If married civilly or in another Christian tradition, he or she is not eligible to serve as a sponsor until the marriage is recognized in the Catholic Church.
HOW MANY SPONSORS CAN I HAVE?
Your Confirmation sponsor can definitely be one of your godparents from Baptism – that’s a beautiful way to celebrate the unity of the sacraments. Actually, if you’d like both your Baptism godparents to be your sponsors, you can.