St. Bartholomew Parish

Sacrament of Confirmation Program

"Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti"
(Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit)

Information &Registration

Program Moderator
Deacon Robert Gallo

Mrs. Aida Hidalgo

Secretary & Teaching Assistant:
Miss Cindy Mancini

CCD Street address
St. Bartholomew Parish Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation Program
297 Laurel Hill Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02909-3897

Electronic mail address

Office phone
Office FAX number

Holy Spirit,
Fill The Hearts Of Your Faithful,

And Kindle In Them The Fire Of Your Love.


........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.

........For this reason it is important that all our children receive this Sacrament. We are all concerned about baptising them, but perhaps less so with regard to confirmation, and therefore they remain at a halfway point, and do not receive the Holy Spirit that gives us the strength to go forward in Christian life. Therefore, it is important to provide a good preparation for Confirmation, aiming to lead them towards personal adhesion to faith in Christ and to reawaken in them a sense of belonging to the Church.

........Confirmation, like every Sacrament, is not the work of men, but rather the work of God, Who takes care of our lives in order to mould us in the image of His Son, to make us able to love like Him. He infuses us with the Holy Spirit, whose action pervades the whole person and all of life, as is shown by the Seven Gifts that Tradition, in the light of the Sacred Scriptures, has always made clear: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel (Right Judgement), Knowledge, Fortitude (Courage), Piety (Reverence) and Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe in God's Presence). When we welcome the Holy Spirit into our hearts and allow it to act, Christ Himself is made present in us and takes form in our lives; through us, it will be He Who prays, forgives, brings hope and consolation, serves our brothers, is close to the needy and the abandoned, Who creates unity and sows peace.

Holy Father Pope Francis

From Program Moderator Deacon Robert Gallo:

Dear Parents,
........Here at St. Bartholomew’s we follow the Diocesan 2 year preparation program which will begin each year in October and run through April.
........Faithful weekend Mass attendance is required as preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and is a must for a good Catholic.
........As is always the case in Religious Education, the full cooperation of every family is essential and will be greatly appreciated.
........As moderator of the program, I will always be available to answer any of your questions or concerns by contacting the Parish office.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Rev. Mr. Robert L. Gallo
Deacon Assistant
Moderator of Confirmation Sacramental Program

Sponsor Certificates:
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?

Confirmation SPONSOR Requirements
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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