“Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8.14-17).
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, art. 1316)
Confirmation is celebrated in the Easter Season at one of the Sunday Masses with the Archbishop for students in Grade 7 or older. Students attending Catholic Schools are prepared for this Sacrament in the Catholic School. Those enrolled in Public/Private Schools are provided with materials for home study. All candidates must participate in the Rite of Enrollment just before Lent as well as a Retreat at the Church before Confirmation. A Parent Meeting is held in the Fall. All events are announced in the Sunday Bulletin weeks before. A Certificate of Baptism (in the Catholic Church) is required for those not baptized at Holy Rosary Parish. If your child is not baptized or if your child was baptized in another Christian Church (Anglican, Lutheran, United Church, etc.) and you would like your child to be a member of the Catholic Church please call the parish office at 61-968-6829 as soon as possible. Adults seeking confirmation who are not part of the R.C.I.A. should contact Father John Hibbard at the Parish Office (613-968-6829).
SPONSORS It is an ancient custom of the Church that those to be confirmed are supported by a sponsor, who is a baptized and confirmed member of the Christian community. The sponsor represents the community, speaks for the candidate, and accompanies the candidate in the Confirmation ceremony. The sponsor is one who will support the candidate in the faith and help them persevere in their faithfulness and in their lives as Christians. It is desirable that the sponsor be one of the godparents at baptism. A sponsor must be (1) a Catholic; (2) at least 17 years of age; (3) confirmed and received the blessed Eucharist; (4) one who lives a life of faith; (4) and is free to exercise and undertake this role. The mother or father of the candidate cannot be a sponsor.