The Roman Catholic believer trusts that the soul needs to grow together, just like the body. For that reason, most catholic believers and converts get the sacrament of confirmation, which always comes after the Sacrament of Baptism, Holy Communion, and the Penance. To the Catholics, the sacrament of confirmation means a lot to their faith. It is this time that the faith bestowed to a believer during the baptism is confirmed. During the baptism, which basically happens when the children are small, the parents and Godparents made promises on behalf of the child. At this occasion, the promises and faith is ascertained, and you’re ready to take an adult role in the church.
Requirements for confirmation
For someone to be confirmed, they need to fulfill some of the Catholic Church requirements. The children are required to be attending the weekend mass and, at the same time, observe the whole two year preparation period. Here are some of the requirements someone needs for confirmation.
- Be a concert of the Catholic Church/ born in the catholic faith
- Be a baptized Catholic believer
- Be very active and Practicing Catholic
- Be in attendance in the Confirmation sessions
- Choose a confirmation name
Some of these requirements are likely to change depending on the parish and the local rules in the specific parish. But in most cases, the above are common requirements every child or an adult convert should have. It would be certainly helpful if you also had a confirmation name. The converts may have to choose these names from their role model saints. It can as well be a name of a blessed catholic believer that the kid wants to work with.
Steps of Confirmation
- A reading from the scripture especially pertaining to the confirmation is read by the Bishop or the priest
- The candidates are presented by their names and stand before the Bishop
- Renewal of Baptism promises
- Laying on of hands
- Anointing with Chrism
- Prayer of the Faith
After that, you probably have invited some people to attend a family tradition or a party to celebrate the confirmation. I usually recommend sending the Confirmation party invite to your friends and family in advance. They can be sent through emails, messages or cards.
Is Catholic confirmation necessary?
According to the Roman Catholic Church, confirmation strengthens the bond between the Convert and the Holy Spirit. It is known that while a catholic believer that is already baptized is a catholic member, receiving the sacrament is necessary for the completion of the baptism grace.
How long will it take to get confirmed in the Catholic Church?
Most Catholics are confirmed when they are about 14 years. But for new converts, the confirmation can happen at any age after baptism. For someone to be confirmed in the catholic faith, they may have to undergo a two year preparation period learning the basics of the catholic faith and rules. It’s basically an important occasion where communion invitations are sent to friends and family to celebrate together.