St. Bartholomew Parish
Sacrament of Confirmation Program
signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti"
(Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit)
CCD Street address
CONFIRMATION PREPARATION WITHIN OUR PARISH
........In confirmation, we are anointed with oil. And
indeed, through the oil known as the 'holy Chrism' we are
conformed, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to Christ,
who is the only true 'anointed one' the Messiah, the
Saint of God. The term 'confirmation' reminds us that
this Sacrament involves growth from baptismal grace; it
unites us more firmly with Christ; it completes our bond
with the Church; it accords to us the special strength of
the Holy Spirit in order to spread and to defend the
faith, to confess the name of Christ and never to be
ashamed of His Cross.
From Program Moderator Deacon Robert Gallo:
One of the wonderful privileges of being a practicing Roman Catholic and belonging to a parish as a worshiping member of a "Faith Community" is the ability to represent the Catholic Church at the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Sponsor certificates, therefore, are given only to practicing Catholics by the pastor of the Church where they attend Mass each Sunday. Your parish priests do not have the authority to award these certificates to persons who do not worship here, or to persons whose parents or grandparents worship here. Having been baptized at Saint Bartholomew Church or having attended school here does not make you a parishioner or a member of the "Faith Community" of this parish. Remember that being a "Sponsor" at a Sacrament makes you a proper representative of the Catholic Church. If you do not go to Mass or practice your Catholic faith, the role of representative would be inappropriate for you. How could you ever represent a group in which you no longer participate?
Sponsors at Confirmation represent the believing Christian Community. Thus it is required that they be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, who have themselves received the Sacraments of Initiation, which are Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation and have reached the age of 16.
If they are married, they must have been validly married in the Church. The Code of Canon Law states they must lead... .a life in harmony with faith and the role to be undertaken.. .and will help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with Baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it.
Remember that being a "Sponsor" at a Sacrament makes you a proper representative of the Catholic Church. If someone does not go to Mass or practice their Catholic faith, the role of representative would be inappropriate for them. How could someone ever represent a group in which they no longer participate? Candidates can avoid hurting the feelings of family and friends by not choosing a person who cannot fulfill these basic requirements for a godparent or sponsor.
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