Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation of the Catholic Church, along with Baptism and the Eucharist. It bestows the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, which strengthens the faithful to be a powerful witness to God’s love and might in word and deed.
“Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the ‘character,’ which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1304)
During confirmation, a priest or a bishop lays his hands on the candidate and anoints them with Chrism, a holy oil meant to symbolize the spreading of “the aroma of Christ” (2 Cor 2:15).
Confirmation for Children
- Children of the Archdiocese of Vancouver are confirmed in the spring of their Grade 7 year
- Catholic schools offer preparation for Confirmation as part of the Grade 7 curriculum. Contact your child’s teacher for more information
- If your child is not in a Catholic school, Parish Religious Education Programs (PREP) offer preparation for Confirmation. PREP catechism for children attending public schools occurs Tuesdays or Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm, Teen Prep are held on Wednesdays only. To sign up and ask for details, please contact the PREP coordinator, Edwin Cruz, at phone 604-435-9611 ext. 5 or email [email protected]
Confirmation for Adults
- Confirmation for Adults are held during Easter Vigil.
Adults are required to participate in the RCIA program prior to Confirmation.
- To sign up and ask for details, please contact the RCIA coordinator, Edwin Cruz, at phone 604-435-9611 ext. 5 or email [email protected]