We need to keep in mind that the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation is a time of special grace for those being confirmed. The entire focus should be upon Confirmation as a Sacrament, a liturgical action of the Church. Confirmation is not a “graduation” or “presentation” ceremony, and those elements must be avoided in preparing the Liturgy.
Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation, normally the third one celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church, the age varies from diocese to diocese and we follow the Archdiocese of Madrid guideline’s at OLM. There is normally a minimum of three years of catechetical preparation required. AT OLM, we encourage a continuous program, starting at first grade and going on until a child reaches at least 16 years.
Pre Confirmation Class after Mass
We endeavor to find an English-speaking bishop to celebrate the Sacrament at OLM but that can be difficult in our Archdiocese. We therefore have a bilingual celebration in the spring with the music and readings being in English and the Mass parts in Spanish
For many years now, we have held a very successful one day Confirmation Candidate’s retreat. The candidates have found the day to be fun, spiritually energizing and often life changing.
A basic knowledge of the beauty and many symbols found in the liturgy itself certainly deserves some attention. Please click the following link for a summary of some basic theoretical and theological elements that one should be aware of when planning the Confirmation liturgy.
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Finally, Every Confirmation candidate must be proficient in some basic catechetical points. Here is an exam (with answers provided) to help the catechist.
RELIGION EXAM REVIEW
TOPIC: THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
- Name the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
- Which Sacrament makes you a Christian? Baptism
- Can you be baptized twice? No
- What Sacrament brings you closer to Jesus by sharing in his Body and Blood? The Eucharist
- Can you repeat the Sacrament of Eucharist’ Yes, and you should, at least once a week
- What Sacrament completes your initiation into the Catholic Church? Confirmation
- What gift do you receive when you are confirmed? The Gift of the Holy Spirit
- What are the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit – There are seven and they are: wisdom, knowledge, understanding, piety, counsel, fortitude, and awe.
- Who is the Holy Spirit? The third person of the Blessed Trinity
- How many Gods do we Catholics believe in? One
- How many persons are there in the Godhead? Three
- What are the requirements of a Confirmation sponsor? Must be a practicing Catholic, Confirmed themselves, and a person who inspires you by their good example. They support you in your spiritual growth.
- What story from the Bible makes you think of the Holy Spirit strengthening the followers of Jesus? Pentecost
- How many days are there in the season of Lent? 40
- How many days are there in the season of Easter? 50
- When do we celebrate Pentecost? 50 days after Easter.
- Do you have to choose a new Confirmation name? No, you can use your baptismal name
- Why is it recommended you use your baptismal name? Because it is the name that was used to begin your process of initiation into the Catholic church.
- Can your parent be a sponsor? No. they should already be supporting you in your faith
- Who is the minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation? The bishop because he represents the local church in an official way.
- Why does the bishop have outstretched hands when he prays at Confirmation? Because he is calling down the Holy Spirit.
- What is the name of the oil used during the celebration of Confirmation: Holy Chrism
- When is this holy oil blessed? It is blessed by the bishop at the Chrism Mass of Holy Week.
- Why use the symbol of oil? Because those being confirmed are being “sealed” with the gift of the Holy Spirit and oil is used for sealing. Some people also mention that athletes used oil to limber up their muscles and in Confirmation we are strengthened by the Holy Spirit.
- What is necessary in order to really and truly receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? Faith
- If you feel any pressure at all to be Confirmed (by parents or by a teacher), is the sacrament valid? No Sacrament is valid if it is received under pressure.
- What does the word “Gospel” mean? Good News
- 28, 29, and 30) Name at least 3 fruits of the Holy Spirit: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.