The Sacrament of Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confir- mation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”

Children and young adults are prepared through 2 years of classes as a part of Religious Education program (CCD). A part of the preparation is the SUMMER CAMP or WEEKEND RETREAT organized by the parish. The participation in one of them is required. The parents of the confirmation class are required to participate in mandatory meetings every first Monday of the month (dates are subject to change)

REGISTRATION FOR THE PREPARATION:

Children 6 years old and younger       - Parish Office: 847-455-1100

Children between 7 and 16 years old  - CCD Office:    847-455-5810

Adults (17 years old and over)              - Parish Office:847-455-1100

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPONSORS

Code of  Canon Law

Can.  892 Insofar as possible, there is to be a sponsor for the person to be confirmed; the sponsor is to take care that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in this sacrament.

Can.  893 §1. To perform the function of sponsor, a person must fulfill the conditions mentioned in  can. 874.

§2. It is desirable to choose as sponsor the one who undertook the same function in baptism.

Can.  874

§1. To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:

1/ be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;

2/ have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause;

3/ be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on (i.e. person living in non-sacramental union can not be permitted to take the function of the sponsor) ;

4/ not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

5/ not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.

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