Background Color:
Background Pattern:



1. The preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation should be seen as a component of monitoring the development of catechetical and faith of candidates.


The preparation for confirmation should aim at leading the Christian to a uninms intimacy with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit ... in order to take better responsibilities apostles of the Christian life.Therefore, the catechesis of Confirmation will endeavor to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as the parish community.


Catechism of the Catholic, 1309

Although no specific diocesan program for Preparing for Confirmation, if there are requirements that candidates must meet to receive the sacrament.

All those who meet the qualifying requirements to receive the sacrament of Confirmation but whether or not completed a particular program.


  1. Consider that the parish youth ministry includes more than just the preparation to the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation, which is only a component or part of the overall process of catechesis and faith development for adolescents.

  2. Debern parishes develop guidelines as to the preparation of the Sacrament of Confirmation to implement diocesan policies.


Requirements for Candidates

1.Baptism and the State of Grace

To receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is required to be validly baptized.
(889.1 Canonical law). Besides, if people have already dubbed the use of reason, it requires that they are in a state of grace, properly trained and able to renew their baptismal promises (Rite of Confirmation, 12).

2.Minimum Age

Fifteen (15) years is the MINIMUM age for Confirmation in the Diocese of San Diego, except in cases when the child is of catechetical age who has not yet been baptized, and who should be confirmed by being baptized.As in cases where candidates are not Catholics but Christians are baptized children of catechetical age who debern be confirmed when received to full communion of the Catholic Church.

3.Formation in the faith of the Church

It requires candidates to demonstrate a comprehension Confirmation of the Catholic faith according to their age.This means they must have integrated all the years of catechesis and acquired apreciacin what the Church teaches.

As a minimum, candidates are expected to demonstrate competence in the four following areas of Christian catechesis that are in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

  • The Creed in which the Christian mystery is the object of faith;

  • The Sacred Liturgy in which the Christian mystery is celebrated and communicated in liturgical actions;

  • The Way of the Christian Life in which the Christian mystery is the basis for the proper formation of conscience and to live according to morality and teaching of the Church and

  • Christian prayer in which the Christian mystery is the basis for prayer, the privileged expression of which is the Our Father.

4.An Experience of Christian living

Even before the Confirmation which is shown by:

  • A faithful participation in the sacraments of the Eucharist Reconciliaciny;

  • A commitment to continue to grow humanly and spiritually and developed further through oraciny of good works.

  • Participation in the parish community

5. The layout Due


  • Declared a personal desire to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

  • Willing to give strong witness to Christ by word and action;

  • Accept the responsibility of being an active adult member of the Church to continue to mature in the faith, and put their faith into practice.

Note: Parishes are responsible for providing opportunities that ayudarna the young to meet the requirements as a candidate for Confirmation.


Determining whether the candidate is ready

Each parish is responsible to develop a process by which, according to the requirements for the candidate, we can determine whether each individual is ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Note :

  • The parish priest, parents, sponsors, coordinators of youth ministry and all those involved in ministries with young people should take part in this process.

  • If the candidate is ready or not defined in terms of requirements, which do not include participation in a program but are taken from the Rite of Canonical Law Confirmaciny.

  • The Sacrament of Confirmation should not be seen as a reward or something that one can, or deserves.

  • There are many ways to determine if an individual, in accordance with the requirements for candidates, is ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.May be through interviews and evaluations by those in ministry, parish priest candidates, parents, youth coordinators.

  • Ultimately, the responsibility of meeting the requirements to receive Confirmation belongs to the same candidates and therefore they should be involved in discerning whether estn prepared.

  • Harn is appropriate adjustments in cases of people minusvlidas.Whether the trial is ready to prepare and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should be based on whether he or she demonstrate acceptance of faith and a desire to participate in the life and mission of the Church.


Preparing Immediate

AFTER determine who is ready, the candidate is expected to participate in a process of preparation of short duration for the Sacrament of Confirmation which should include:

  • Catechesis on the Holy Spirit based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no.683-747.

  • Catechesis on the Sacraments of Christian An introduction based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

A) Baptism (No.1213-1284);

b) Confirmaci?n(num.1285-1321);

C) Eucharist (No.1322-1419).

  • A dao an evening of prayer;

  • A community celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation;

  • Review of the Rite of Confirmation (cf.Guide for Celebration)

  • Testing for the celebration of Confirmation.


  • The components and the duration of the immediate Preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation is determined by the parish.

  • The preparation must immediately adapt to the needs of people minusvlidas.




  • As much as possible should have a sponsor for each of which was confirmed (Rite of Confirmation, 5). It is not recommended that two or more candidates have the same sponsor.

  • To be a sponsor, a person must:

A) Be at least 16 years old and mature enough for this


B) Be a Catholic who has been confirmed, has received its first

Eucharist and living in harmony with the faith and the role they have assumed;

C) Not to be neither the father nor the mother of the candidate;

D) not be prevented by law (canonical) to exercise the function of


[See reference to the c.874 c.893, Rite of Confirmation, 6.]


  • Each candidate may have only one sponsor and is not necessary that the sponsor of the same sex as the candidate.

  • It is desirable that the sponsor of baptism is also the godfather / godmother Confirmation.This shows more clearly the relationship between Baptism and Confirmaciny becomes more effective ministry and mission of the godfather / godmother's.However, OF ANY way exclude the ability to choose a godfather / godmother own / own Confirmation.

  • Godparents should be chosen because they WILL BE able to be present at the time of the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation as to be available AFTER to help make confirmed their baptismal promises.

  • If you are in the same parish or locality, it is recommended that the godfather / godmother, along with parents, accompanied the candidate on their journey of faith during the time of preparation immediately.


Confirmation Name

Thenew rite does not mention anything about picking a new name for Confirmation.

Therefore, candidates can keep his baptismal name rather than choose a new one.This is desirable because it expresses an understanding that Confirmation "completes the grace of Baptism."

However, a special name for Confirmation as may be chosen if desired.If this is the case the name should be the name of a saint whose virtues lifestyle or the candidate wishes to emulate.



Clothing for the Sacrament of Confirmation

The recommended clothing for the candidates should not give the impression of a graduation.Regular clothing is satisfactory.However, to emphasize the relationship between Baptism Confirmaciny, a white toga garment or may be used in the Confirmation, like a white robe used to dress the freshly baptized.

The practice in some places to use the Confirmation stoles seems to have come from the desire to give a symbol of Confirmation.However, the distinction between universal priesthood of all the ministerial priesthood and ordered those already blurs the distinctive costume of ordained ministers is used in this way.Therefore, stoles debern not be used by freshly confirmed.


Conferred Registration Confirmation

The names of the confirmations referred to the minister, parents and godfather / godmother, place and date of when Confirmation was conferred must be recorded in the parish register.

Confirmation should also be noted on the baptismal record or be sent to the church of baptism.

Developing Parish Confirmation Guidelines

Debern parishes develop guidelines regarding the preparcin the Sacrament of Confirmation to implement diocesan standards.Debern These guidelines include:

  • Explanation of the parish provides opportunities to assist young people to meet candidate requirements in:

A) formation in the faith of the Church
B) Experience of a style Christian life.
C) The proper disposition n.

  • Explanation of the process that the parish used to determine whether the candidate is ready, for example, interviews and assessments.


  • Mainly the young people themselves are responsible for meeting the requirements of the candidate for confirmation.

  • The parishes, along with parents and godfather / godmother, assist the candidate in meeting these requirements.

  • The parish priest, parents, godparents, youth ministry coordinators and others involved with the young debern take part in the process of helping young people to discern whether estno not ready to Confirmation.

  • There are assessment tools available to travs of Diocesan Office for the Ministry of Youngsters. Particularly in regard to the requirements of a proper formation in the faith of the Church.

  • Parish requirements for Preparing immediate Sacrament of Confirmation.


  • Due attention must be given first to all the components for which immediate Preparing estn standards set out in diocesan.

  • To avoid confusion with the Order of Christian An introduction for adults and children welcome rites to begin immediately the period of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is not recommended.

  • The Diocesan Office for the Ministry of Youngsters and Adults Youngsters have suggestions for group sessions during the period of preparation immediately.


  • The Diocesan Office for the Ministry of Youngsters and Adults Youngsters have any recommendations.

  • Determination of how the candidates declararn and his personal desire peticin through the Sacrament of Confirmation, for example, a letter has been added-peticin like.

  • Instruction on the same terms celebration Sacrament of Confirmation.