What is necessary for my child to receive Confirmation?
At a minimum, your child must:
- Be baptized in the Catholic Church, or another Christian denomination recognized by the Catholic Church. Basically, they must have been baptized with water and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
- Have received at least one year of religious education instruction before eighth grade. Enrollment in Sandusky Central Catholic School in eighth grade, or enrollment in our Parish School of Religion in level eight is the norm. If your child is older than eighth grade, we may require completion of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC). RCIC is a comprehensive program of instruction that can “catch up” your child’s religious instruction when years were missed. Contact Mrs. Debbie Geason, our Religious Education Coordinator if that is the case.
- Have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation should have taken place along with First Holy Communion. If your child has not received one or both of these sacraments, contact Mrs. Debbie Geason.
When does the instruction of the children take place?
The instruction for Confirmation typically takes place during a school year schedule for both the Catholic school and public school children in eighth grade. Instruction takes place during the school day at Sandusky Central Catholic School. Children attending level eight of our Parish School of Religion receive instruction during their weekly class time. Older children receiving their instruction in RCIC will follow a school year schedule also.
When does Confirmation take place?
Confirmation for eighth graders is usually scheduled in early May. Please see your schedule received in class for the exact date.
Who can be my child’s sponsor for Confirmation?
Every person being confirmed must have a sponsor. To be a sponsor, you must:
- Be at least 16 years or older
- Have received Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation
- Be an active Catholic and be registered at a Catholic parish
- Not be the parent of the one being confirmed
- Be willing and able to meet with the child as required