Immediate preparation for celebrating the sacrament of confirmation starts after the child has completed level 5 of the Faith First program. The sixth and final level before being confirmed is usually given on the church premises.
The child should have gone through the 5 previous years of initial preparation and celebrated the sacrament of penance and first communion after completing level 2. If this is not the case, you should contact the Faith Education office at or call the office at 514- 684-6488 ext. 204.
If you and your child have completed the first five levels, you should now have registered for level 6, if you have not already done so. Your child (with your participation if you so desire) will receive the necessary formation to better understand and know that it is his or her decision to accept Jesus Christ as Savior. That is, in fact, the first time that the commitment will be made by the child and not by someone for the child as was done at baptism.
It is, in fact, time for their own personal faith journey as they choose to follow Jesus. Still in need of much guidance and borders, they will, as the years go by, shake off the tether and make all their own choices and decisions.
As parents we have only little time left to imprint the solid morals that we wish for them to live by. Our example is the best of teachers for they will imitate us especially if they understand the value of solid faith foundation that we try to instill upon them. As we have been shown the way, so must we show them the way. Giving them clear sign posts and references that Jesus teaches us in the bible. Be the example you would like your child to follow.
Why do I have to get confirmed if I'm already baptized? How do I choose a sponsor as I prepare for confirmation? Why do I have the option to choose a new name?
These questions and more are answered in this edition of "Sacraments 101," a web video series geared for those who'd like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.
Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation in the Catholic Church, with baptism and Eucharist. Think of it as a personal Pentecost, when we receive the tools we need for our spiritual journey — the gifts of the Holy Spirit.