What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Confirmation is the last of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confrimation). It joins the baptized more closely to the Church, strengthens them with the outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, empowers them as stronger witnesses of Christ, and gives special help to spread and defend the faith. (Call to Celebrate: Confirmation)
What is the role of the family in the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation?
When infants are presented to the Church for Baptism, family members are reminded that they have the responsibility of “raising them in the practice of the faith” (The Rite of Baptism for Children, 109). This obligation and privilege extends to sacramental preparation.
The fact that family members know the Confirmation candidate better than anyone else places them in the best position to help the young person uncover the mystery of the Sacrament of Confirmation with words and experiences he or she will understand. No matter what else is done in the parish or school or with the sponsor to prepare candidates, it is only as effective as the support received in the family.
What is the role of the parish?
At baptism, the Christian community welcomes the child into the family of God. The parish community assists the parents of the child in teaching and forming them in the Catholic faith. At Confirmation, the community continues this role and supports the baptized through instruction and practice of the faith into which they desire to be confirmed.
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