One must be baptized to receive the sacrament of confirmation. In addition, if the baptized person has the use of reason, it is required that they be in a state of grace, properly instructed, and able to renew their baptismal promises.
THE SIGNS AND THE RITE OF CONFIRMATION
In treating the rite of Confirmation, it is fitting to consider the sign of anointing and what it signifies and imprints: a spiritual seal. Anointing, in Biblical and other ancient symbolism, is rich in meaning: oil is a sign of abundance and joy; it cleanses (anointing before and after a bath) and limbers (the anointing of athletes and wrestlers); oil is a sign of healing, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds; and it makes radiant with beauty, health, and strength.
Anointing with oil has all these meanings in the sacramental life.
The pre-baptismal anointing with the oil of catechumens signifies cleansing and strengthening; the anointing of the sick expresses healing and comfort. The post-baptismal anointing with sacred chrism in Confirmation and ordination is the sign of consecration. By Confirmation Christians, that is, those who are anointed, share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which he is filled, so that their lives may give off “the aroma of Christ.”
The sponsor brings the candidate to receive the sacrament, presents him to the minister for anointing, and will later help the candidate to fulfill their baptismal promises faithfully under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
Pastors will see that the sponsor, chosen by the candidate or the family, is spiritually qualified for the office and satisfies these requirements: That they may be mature for the role. That they belong to the Catholic Church and have been initiated in the three sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist. That they be not prohibited by law from excising the role of sponsor.
Here at St Catherine’s our Confirmation program runs from September to May for two years. Classes meet every Sunday at 9:45 AM for one hour before the 11:00 AM mass.
Adult Confirmation classes at St Catherine’s are held together with our RCIA class. This class runs from October through Easter each year, classes are on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM.