Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist (“Holy Communion”) together constitute the sacraments of Christian initiation. The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace, making Christians more perfectly bound to the Church as true witnesses of Christ.1 Baptism and Confirmation are ordered to the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Church’s life and mission; for this reason, the greatest witness a baptized and confirmed Christian can give to Christ is participation in the Eucharist, which represents the goal and center of all sacramental life, bringing the sacraments of initiation to completion.2
Are you a baptized adult in need of the sacrament of Confirmation?
St. Joan of Arc offers a thorough preparation for the reception of this sacrament. This process is for those who have been baptized Catholic and have received their First Holy Communion. If you have:
- not been baptized
- or were baptized in a Protestant assembly
- or are a baptized Catholic who has not receive your First Holy Communion
…please see the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) page
You will want to start with the following steps:
- Call Brian Hanson in the parish office and schedule an interview; you may also email him at email@example.com.
- Obtain a copy of your baptismal certificate from the church where you were baptized and bring it with you to the interview.
- If you are a member of another parish, obtain a letter from the pastor of your home parish granting you permission to participate in this process.
- If you are married, this means you are married in the Church. If you are only “civilly married,” this does not constitute a marriage for the baptized. Please bring a copy of your sacramental marriage certificate (a civil license does not demonstrate this).
- Invite a Catholic whom you admire, and who has already been confirmed, to be your Confirmation sponsor. A sponsor is someone who behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in this sacrament.3 If you do not know someone who could be a sponsor, let us know at the time of the interview.
- It will be necessary to select a Confirmation name, which may be chosen from among the saints, blessed and Biblical persons. Pray for the Lord to come into your life and your heart more deeply.
We pray for you as you consider taking this final step of full initiation into our Catholic faith.
For more information, contact Brian Hanson at 602-867-9171 x311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 See Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist, Sacramentum caritatis, n. 17.
3 See Code of Canon Law, n. 892.