Confirmation 2020

Transfiguration Parish Confirmation for 7th and 8th graders has been re-scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2020. Bishop Whalen will preside.


Reading: Catholic Social Thought

1. The Principle of Human Dignity. It’s being human that establishes our dignity. Every person is worthy of respect, even in the face of judgment.

2. The Principle of Respect for Human Life. All life is precious. “Thou shall not kill.”

3. The Principle of Association. Humans are social. Economy, politics, laws and religion should be organized to help individuals grow in the community.

4. The Principle of Participation. All humans have a right to participate in society. Especially with regard to work and worker’s rights, such as decent working conditions and fair wages.

5. The Principle of Protection of the Poor and Vulnerable. We are called to help those less fortunate than ourselves. It is good to do so for the common good.

6. The Principle of Solidarity. We all inhabit one world. We are interdependent. Concern for one another calls upon us to promote tolerance, forgiveness, peace and social justice.

7. The Principle of Stewardship. We all inhabit one world. We are interdependent. Concern for one another calls upon us to protect our environment, our health, our quality of life.

8. The Principle of Subsidiarityputs limits on government. No higher level of organization should perform any function that can be handled effectively and efficiently at a lower level of organization by a person or group closer to the problems.

9. The Principle of Human Equality. It is both natural and beneficial that we are all different, with different skills, talents, abilities and even appearances. All, however, are to be treated as equals as regards respect  and our human rights.

10. The Principle of the Common Good. Unrestrained selfishness and greed in personal relations can destroy balance, harmony and peace within and between groups, communities, regions and nations. We should foster and support conditions that enable all to reach their own fulfillment.

Following is a partial list of social injustices and human rights abuses:

  • Poverty
  • Domestic Violence
  • Animal Abuse
  • Environmental Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Racial Discrimination
  • Homelessness
  • Substance Abuse
  • Corruption


Reading: Choosing a Sponsor

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), the role of the confirmation sponsor is to:

“Continue to help the candidate (aka, confirmand) along the road of Christian life, to safeguard and develop the grace given at baptism and now sealed with the Holy Spirit.”

In other words:

1. the sponsor must set an example for the candidate, by the life they live, and

2. to pray for the candidate, asking God to look after and protect them.

In order for a person to be a confirmation sponsor, he or she must:

1. be chosen by the one to be confirmed, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by   the pastor;

2. have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling the role described above;

3. is 16 years of age or older, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor has granted an exception for a just cause;

4. be a Catholic who has been confirmed and who leads a life of faith; and

5. not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed.

The sponsor can be the older brother or sister or another relative of the one to be confirmed.


Reading: Choosing a Saint’s Name

In confirmation, you choose the name of a saint as your confirmation name. Your “patron” saint will serve as your inspiration and guide in living a Christian life. Here are a few ways you can go about choosing a saint’s name:

Choosing the name based on characteristics you have in common with a saint.Are you patient, a perfectionist, humble, diligent, prayerful, generous or shy? Consider which saint has traits similar to yours.

If you notice the needs of other people and speak up in support of them, pick a saint that matches that. Saints like Saint Angela Merici, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Saint Maria Goretti were saints known for being outgoing in their sainthood. If you are the kind of person that stands up for the little guy, choose someone brave to guide your spiritual journey. Saint George is known for being the Saint of courage and bravery, particularly for his strength during battle. Saint Joan of Arc is another saint known for courage and bravery.

Find your saint by looking at the feast day of the day you were born.

Search for a patron saint that shares your interests. For almost every cause, there is a patron saint who matches it. For example, if you are connected to animals, you might want to name yourself after Saint Francis of Assisi who was known for being a great lover of animals. If you are connected to acts of selflessness, choose the name Maximilian after Saint Maximilian Kobe. If you feel a connection to music, choose the name Cecelia after Saint Cecelia.

Once you choose a saint’s name, when you pray, ask that the saint to intervene for you, that he or she helps you make great moral choices.

For descriptions of popular saints:


Reading: Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Wisdomis both the knowledge of and judgment about “divine things.” [Devine means ‘of God.’] Everything is originally of God, the creator. Wisdom is the ability to judge and direct human affairs according to divine truth, to determine right from wrong and to seek justice.

Understandingis insight into the very heart of things, the how and why of things and matters. Understanding is the gift of discernment and insight. It helps us correctly perceive situations.

Counselrefers to the ability to both give and receive good advice, to guide and be guided by others, to encourage and be encouraged. If followers of the faith remain spiritually righteous, others will look up to them and seek their counsel.

Fortitude is a firmness of mind in doing good and in avoiding evil, particularly when it is difficult or dangerous to do so, and the confidence to overcome all obstacles. Fortitude is another word for strength and refers to spiritual rather than physical strength. Fortitude is the ability to commit to God despite temptations or external pressures.

Knowledgerefers to being able to educate oneself and build up a base of information from which to operate in the world. The Bible encourages followers to employ knowledge for the good of all humanity.

Pietyis revering God with filial affection, paying worship and duty to God, paying due duty to all men on account of their relationship to God, and honoring the saints and not contradicting Scripture. Piety is another word for devotion and is the demonstration of commitment to faith. A pious person is one who lives a sin-free, moral life, and who surrenders his own will to that of God.

Fear of God.Christians believe that a certain degree of fear of God will help followers lead a moral life. Fear can also be interchanged with awe or reverence, which encourage followers to pay devotion to God. Fear of the Lord is apparent when followers try not to do anything that would cause them to separate from God.


Reading: The Confirmation Mass

Presentation of the Candidates

[After the Gospel, the bishop and the priests who will be ministers of the sacrament take their seats. The pastor or deacon presents the candidates for confirmation. Each candidate is called by name and comes individually into the sanctuary accompanied by their sponsor. All take their seats.]


Renewal of Baptismal Promises

[After the homily, the candidates stand and the bishop questions them.]

Bishop: Do you reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises?

Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth?

Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?

Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who came upon the apostles at Pentecost and today is given to you sacramentally in confirmation?

Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?

Candidates: I do.

Bishop: This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All present: Amen.

The Laying On of Hands

[The laying of hands on the candidates by the bishop and the concelebrant priests represents the biblical gesture by which the gift of the Holy Spirit is invoked.]

[The concelebrant priests stand near the bishop. They face the people.]

Bishop: My dear friends in baptism, God our Father gave the new birth of eternal life to his chosen sons and daughters. Let us pray to our Father that he will pour out the Holy Spirit to strengthen his sons and daughters with his gifts and anoint them to be more like Christ the Son of God.

[All pray in silence for a short time.]

[The bishop and the priests lay hands upon all the candidates by extending their hands over them.]

Bishop: All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their Helper and Guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The Anointing of Chrism

[The anointing with Chrism and the accompanying words express clearly the effect of the giving of the Holy Spirit. Signed with the perfumed oil, the baptized receive the indelible character, the seal of the Lord, together with the gift of the Holy Spirit that conforms them more closely to Christ and gives them the grace of spreading ‘the sweet odor of Christ.’]

[The deacon brings the Chrism to the bishop. Each candidate goes to the bishop. The one who presented the candidate places his right hand on the latter’s shoulder and gives the candidate’s name to the bishop.]

[The bishop dips his right thumb in the Chrism and makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of the one to be confirmed, as he says]

Bishop: (Name), be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Newly confirmed: Amen.

Bishop: Peace be with you.

Newly confirmed: And with your spirit.

Prayer of the Faithful

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Concluding Rite/Prayer Over the People

Deacon: Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing.

Bishop: Peace be with you.

All: And with your spirit.

Bishop: God our Father made you his children by water and the Holy Spirit; may he bless you and watch over you with his fatherly love.

All: Amen.

Bishop: Jesus Christ the Son of God promised that the Spirit of truth

would be with his Church for ever; may he bless you and give you courage in professing the true faith.

All: Amen.

Bishop: The Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples and set their hearts on fire with love; may he bless you, keep you one in faith and love, and bring you to the joy of God’s kingdom.

All: Amen.

Bishop: May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.