Confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. The real confession of Christ consists in this “that the whole man submits himself to Truth, in the judgment of his understanding, in the submission of his will and in the consecration of his whole power of love…To do this, poor-spirited man is only able when he has been confirmed by God's grace.” This confirmation in the power of the Holy Spirit leading to a firm profession of faith has always been the particular effect which Catholic tradition has ascribed to the sacrament. It is this effect which complements and completes that of baptism.
THE CHURCH TEACHES:
Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.
Taken from Catholic.Org
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- The sponsor may be a man or a woman, but not a parent.
- The sponsor must be confirmed, receiving the Eucharist, practicing his/her faith by attendance regularly at Sunday Mass, and leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith.
- The sponsor is to willingly participate by being a person who exemplifies in faith and action a life that the confirmand can follow as a example of a person journeying toward a closer relationship with the Lord, participates in the liturgies and some classes or service projects, discusses his faith with the confirmand and will encourage the young candidate to live a Christian life after Confirmation.
- Sponsors who are not members of St. Leo’s Parish must bring in a form from their home parishes indicating that they are members in good standing.