Sacrament of Confirmation

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.

Confirmation deepens our baptismal life, calling us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, parish, school, and the world.  

We receive the message of faith more deeply and intensively, with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church to build up the community in loving service.

The Confirmation is usually celebrated in the spring of Grade 8 at our parish. Preparation for Confirmation begins in Grade 7. Formation continues during 8th grade through the student’s SFB School or Religious Education classes. Candidates choose a Confirmation name with proper research on their model of faith.

Currently, the program offers a minimum of two years or more of sacramental preparation for Confirmation are required to continue with a minimum two-year sacramental preparation process.

Please get in touch with our Religious Education department for more information at 773-625-1705.

Confirmation Curriculum:

  • Prayer
  • Scripture and Tradition
  • Creed and Trinity
  • Sacraments
  • Liturgy
  • Morality, Commandments, and Beatitudes
  • Reconciliation – Sacrament of Penance
  • Confirmation and the Holy Spirit
  • Called and Sent to Mission – Evangelization
  • Forming Missionary Disciples
  • Service to Church, Family, and Community
  • Social Justice Outreach

Role of Parents

  • Parents and sponsors are to partake in the sacramental preparation process by active participation throughout the entire faith journey of the candidates.
  • Parents are the primary catechists for their children. This role and responsibility of parents as the primary catechists allow for a renewed commitment to ongoing faith formation for the entire family.
  • With the accompaniment of the parish faith community and formation leaders, sacramental preparation offers a renewed vision for parents and families to nurture active learning and faith sharing with their children to bring vibrancy to family faith life at home within a parish faith community.

Role of Sponsors

“As a rule, there should be a sponsor for each of those to be confirmed. These sponsors bring the candidates to receive the sacrament, present them to the minister for the anointing, and will later help them to fulfill their baptismal promises faithfully under the influence of the Holy Spirit whom they have received.” (The Rite of Confirmation #5)

Source: Archdiocese of Chicago Confirmation Guideline – Policy 1900.