Candidates Corner

 

The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is evidence of your commitment to the Catholic Faith.  Confirmation completes your initiation into the Church and so, in many ways, is a beginning for you.  As a parish, we are eager to assist and guide your faithful response to the Spirit within you.  It is our hope that you will feel comfortable to approach our staff with your

Being prepared to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

As a Confirmation Candidate, you should:

  • Be a baptized Catholic and a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish who celebrates your faith, especially on Sundays.
  • Receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation as a part of the expression of your faith.
  • Recognize the importance of ongoing faith formation. Catholic school. Your commitment to participating in the Confirmation program is essential and should be a priority.

With your parents, catechists, and clergy to guide you, the desire to receive the sacrament should be your own.  May the Holy Spirit come alive in you!

 

How do I choose my Confirmation Name?

You might be asking, “So if I received a name at Baptism, why do I need a saint’s name for Confirmation?  Great question.  Saints are models of holiness for us.  They had extraordinary faith in God.  They trusted God’s plan and followed his plan at all costs.  We adopt their name – a sign of living a life like they did – and ask them to pray for us during our own faith journey.  Your Confirmation name must be a saint’s name.  If your baptismal name is a saint’s name, you can use it as your Confirmation name too.  Using the same name can be very meaningful, because it recalls your baptism as well.

Okay the big question… How do you pick a saint?

Pray
You are asking a saint to be a part of your life forever. Take some time to think and pray about a few things. What kind of role model are you looking for? What qualities do they have that you want? What kind of person are you hoping to become? Choose a saint that you can identify with. Pick a few different saints and then spend time in prayer and ask all of them to pray for you. You might find one begins to stick out more than the others do.

Read
After you have taken time to pray about it, do some reading. There are plenty of websites that will give you information on saints, www.catholiconline.com has a saint’s index, and it is alphabetical and has literally thousands of saints names listed. 

The Church has a saint for almost anything you can think of. That being said… don’t just pick a saint because they can do seem cool as if they can read people’s thoughts. Asking St. Padre Pio to pray for you to gain the ability to read people’s minds is not the point. Choose someone you feel like you can identify with that has the qualities of holiness you truly desire.

Ask
Talk to your parents, catechist, Godparents or siblings about their Confirmation saints. Why did they pick them? Do they have any special devotion to a saint? Who would they pick for you? Asking those who know you best can help you find a saint you can really rely on for your whole life.

If your name is a family name and is in another language, as long as the name in English is on the saints list, you can use it.  May the Communion of Saints pray for us all as we seek Christ in all things. Peace to you all as you choose you Confirmation Name.

 There are a number of reasons you may choose a particular saint:

  • You have read about a saint that interests you. You may have heard or read the story of a Saint’s life, such at St. Teresa of Calcutta or Pope St. John Paul II.
  • You have a certain career in mind, a hobby you enjoy, or a characteristic you admire, and would like a Saint that is a “patron” of that thing. For example, you may be interested in a career in medicine. You could research the patron Saint associated with medicine, for example, St. Luke.
  • Your family has a patron Saint. If your family, parents or godparents have a special devotion to a Saint, such as St. Joseph, you may wish to choose that one.

How do I find out about saints?

There are several websites that are great for learning about saints. After you have learned the basic life story, you may wish to learn more by googling a website that has that saint’s name. Many saints have groups that have a special devotion to them and have created a website to help tell others about the saint. It would be good to research any prayers or writings of the saint as well and include them when you pray.

Patron Saints By Occupation

Saint of the Day Link

Catholic Saints

Roman Catholic Saints

Here is a link to a video about choosing you Confirmation Name:

  Choosing a Confirmation Name

 

Confirmation Name Form   

Confirmation Name Form

Choosing your Sponsor Basic Guidelines

The definition “sponsor” means:

1. One who presents a candidate for baptism or confirmation and undertakes responsibility for the person’s religious education or spiritual welfare.

2. One who assumes responsibility for some other person or thing.

  •  A sponsor should be at least sixteen years (by the date of confirmation)
  • Have been initiated in the Catholic Church through the three sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist and be in good standing with the Church
  • Display a visible commitment to living out the Catholic faith and have the ability and intention to carry out his/her responsibility as a spiritual guide in your life.

 

Other considerations when selecting a Confirmation Sponsor:

  • A sponsor CANNOT be a parent of the one to be confirmed.
  • Each Confirmation candidate may choose ONE sponsor.
  • Because the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation are so closely connected. Church teaching states that it is “desirable that the godparent at Baptism also be the sponsor at Confirmation” however the selection of a special sponsor is also permitted.
  • IDEALLY- - your sponsor should attend the sponsor gathering with you! (Parents can sub if needed.)
  • If your sponsor is unable to attend the actual Sacrament of Confirmation liturgy, another adult (including a parent) may stand in his/her place as a proxy. The name of your sponsor will still be noted in the official Church record of your Confirmation.
  • The choice of who should be your sponsor is YOUR (and your parents) decision!

 

Things to think about before you ask someone to be your sponsor:

  • Your sponsor should be willing and able to participate in your formation for Confirmation.
  • The person that you choose as your sponsor should be someone you admire and respect and who actively lives out the beliefs of our Catholic faith.
  • Your sponsor should be someone that you trust and feel comfortable turning to for help, advice and guidance, especially in regard to your spiritual life.
  • Your sponsor should be someone who, through his/her example, shows you what it means to be Catholic and who will take an active role in your preparation for Confirmation.
  • After you receive the sacrament of Confirmation your relationship with your sponsor DOES NOT END! You are both called to lead each other closer to God, to continue to grow in knowledge of your faith and to challenge one another to lead lives of holiness and service.
  • PRAY! Spend some time asking God for guidance on who to choose as your sponsor.

Link to the 2021 Sponor Eligibility Form

Sponsor Eligibility Form