Confirmation any time of the year

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Q: I have someone (candidate) inquiring to be in full communion with the church. She is ready to start formation as soon as possible but I don’t think she will be ready to be received and confirmed on Easter Vigil this year. My question is, can candidates be confirmed outside Easter vigil by their own pastor and do I need delegation from my Bishop? Does this change from one diocese to another? == A: A validly baptized candidate may be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at any time of year. Even though priests have commonly received …

Transgender seeking confirmation

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Q: One of our parishes has a transgender teen seeking confirmation. No one, but the pastor, is aware of this child’s circumstances. The family is seeking to legally change the gender on the birth certificate. The teen was baptized as an infant in a parish other than where confirmation will be received. The dilemma is how to record the sacrament in the parish registry as the name of the individual will now be different from baptism and eucharist? Even though, I am inquiring about a teen – this could easily be the situation for first Eucharist and RCIA, going forward,  …

Ritual Mass for Confirmation

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A: Would it be liturgically OK to celebrate the Votive mass of the Holy Spirit and wear red vestment on Sunday for Confirmation mass? Thanks. == Q: On an Ordinary Time Sunday you may celebrate the Ritual Mass of Confirmation with its prayers and readings, wearing red. You may not use the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, but the Ritual Mass is better in every respect

Saint name for confirmation

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Q: I know that the teaching now is that adults in the RCIA no longer have to choose a saint name as part of their initiation process. My question is – does that also apply to teens?  Is it also recommended that teens no longer choose a saint name for confirmation? Thank you! == A: Actually, there is no new teaching pertaining to choosing the name of a saint. There never has been any teaching on choosing the name of a saint. It has been a custom in the United States for those approaching confirmation to select a saint’s name, …

Confirmation on Pentecost

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Q: Just a question out of curiosity inspired by a student proposal for an assignment: can Confirmation (just confirmation) be celebrated on Pentecost? == A: Yes, it may. But it takes place within the missal’s mass for Pentecost. The Pentecost mass may not be replaced with the presidential prayers and readings of a confirmation mass, but a confirmation may take place during it.

The Creed at Confirmation

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Q: Our bishop has given all pastors the faculty to confirm because of the pandemic etc.    Should the assembly join in the profession of faith with the candidates for confirmation on a Sunday?  If not, do we omit the creed for the assembly or profess it after the confirmation?  It would seem very odd to me to do that but I wanted to make sure.  == A: The Creed is omitted (Order of Confirmation 31). The rubrics indicate that the candidates – not the entire assembly – renew their baptismal promises. But often many people join in anyway. Furthermore, even …

Youth Confirmation

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Q: Bishop would like to begin rescheduling Youth Confirmations as soon as we have protocols in place.  The current thorn is can he anoint using protection on his hand (say a glove) or a cotton ball or _______ ? given Divinum consortium naturae (1971) insistence on touch.   He is 74, diabetic, with a heart condition. == A: God bless your bishop for wanting to fulfill his ministry. As I understand it, confirmation must be administered with the thumb because that constitutes the laying on of hands. He may not wear a glove or use cotton. Given his condition, I strongly …

Confirmation and first communion

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Q: If you are in a restored order diocese is there any theological or canonical issue if the celebration of Confirmation and First Eucharist are held at different liturgies? Every restored order diocese I have found has mostly a two year formation process and Confirmation and Eucharist are held in the same liturgy. But is there a possibility of having Confirmation celebrated at one liturgy and then having First Communion celebrated sometime after that? Any information would be greatly appreciated. == A: There is no problem celebrating confirmation and first communion separately. To me it makes a little more sense to do them together, but there …

Confirmation in case of emergency

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Q: An elderly man in my parish is slowly dying. He has never been confirmed. May I confirm him? == A: Yes, the Catholic Church permits a priest to confirm in case of emergency. You do not need the bishop’s permission.

Baptism and Confirmation

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Q:  I enjoy your blog. There is always something to be learned!  Thank you for doing this. I am new to the area and parish and have taken on the position of RCIA Director.  The practice here for RCIA Adapted for Children (7 yrs and older) has been to split the sacraments.  Baptism occurs at one time, followed by Eucharist and Confirmation.  The timing of Eucharist & Confirmation depends upon the age of the child, and the child could very well be put into the sacramental preparation class for Eucharist, then at 9th/10th grade be in the sacramental prep class …