Confirmation preparation takes place at the parish in which a family is registered, as directed by the Diocese of Raleigh. Candidates must complete one year of high school Catholic religious education before joining the Confirmation program at St. Joseph's.
1. Prerequisite: Students must have one year High School religious education completed (either Catholic High School or Parish High School Faith Formation class).
2. Confirmation Year: After completing one year of religious education, students may enroll in the Parish Confirmation Preparation Program. Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is in the Spring.
Please Note: Cardinal Gibbons High School and St. Thomas More Academy do not have Confirmation preparation classes.
Confirmation Question and Answer Session for Youth
As part of the intellectual formation of the Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation, Bishop Burbidge has asked that the Candidates be formed so that they may clearly convey the teachings of the Church. The preparation includes studying the Catholic faith, by praying and witnessing to Christ. To assist in this, the Diocese has provided questions for the confirmandi to learn.
- Review the Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Confirmation Prep Study Questions
- Answer Discussion
“Candidates for Confirmation, as for Baptism, fittingly seek the spiritual help of a sponsor. To emphasize the unity of the two sacraments, it is appropriate that this be one of the baptismal godparents.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1311)
Like in Baptism, the Confirmation Sponsor is to be a witness, an inspiration, an example of what it means to be a Roman Catholic in today’s world. That means that the person must be a Catholic not only in name but by the life they lead every day.
In the Code of Canon Law, a book with the laws that governs and guides the life of the Catholic Church, there are specific regulations regarding sponsors for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The requirements for sponsors are:
not less than sixteen years of age.
a Catholic who has received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
registered and active members of their parish.
living in conformity with Catholic morals and in good standing with the Catholic Church (if married, married according to the laws of the Church).
may not be the mother or father of the person to be baptized.
Finally, they must obtain a Sponsor Certificate, attesting to their fulfilling the stated requirements, from the parish in which they are a registered member.
Before asking someone to take on the role of a sponsor, please be sure they fulfill the requirements of the Church.
Contact: The Parish Office at 919-231-2364.