Recently, I began meeting with a young man who is engaged and has a desire to be confirmed before his marriage as he did not receive Confirmation as a teen. I so enjoy the opportunity and the privilege of preparing adults for the sacraments of initiation. In many ways it differs greatly from the many years when I prepared teens for the same sacrament. I distinctly remember how I took a little heat from parents and grandparents when I told my students that there was no
right or wrong age to be confirmed, rather it was more
important that they were approaching the sacrament of
their own will and because they personally desired to do
so. We would be in error to force any sacrament upon
another, for to genuinely receive the grace of any
sacrament, our heart must be open to accept it.
Our Church, in her wisdom has allowed the sacrament of
Confirmation at varying ages during the course of its
history. In the early Catholic Church and the Eastern
Orthodox Church of today Confirmation was/is received
immediately following Baptism. Then, upon receiving the
Eucharist at the age of reason (7 or 8), a child would be
fully initiated in the Church. The practice of infant
Confirmation is being resurrected today in a number of
dioceses even here in the United States. When considering
the delaying of Confirmation to the teen years, the Roman
Catholic Church did so with hope that the recipient would
more fully understand the gifts they were receiving.
I would like to extend an invitation to any adult who has
not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation to be in
touch with me. The first step is a short face to face meeting
to explain the process and welcome them to generally
four to five meetings to prepare for the sacrament. If there
are a number of people, we would meet together for the
instruction. Fr. Tim prefers that if adults are seeking
Confirmation, they prepare and then receive the
sacrament when the Bishop is present here at St. Francis
Xavier (usually in May) to confirm our tenth grade
students. Each adult must choose a sponsor for
Confirmation to stand with them as they are confirmed.
The sponsor, according to Canon Law (Church law) is not to
be a parent or a spouse. There is no fee involved in
preparing as an adult to be confirmed.
For those among us who are not confirmed, take time to
pray about this invitation. Our Church stands ready to
welcome you and walk with you through the process. Then
by the power of the Holy Spirit we pray
your faith will be strengthened and you can
enjoy the gifts of the Spirit.
Pastoral Associate, 252-1363
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC