Q: I have a question about initiation. I have 3 children above the age of reason, who were baptized as infants but remained uncatechized until this year. In addition to celebrating the sacraments of penance and first holy communion, do I confirm them? I think not, but the catechist thinks I do confirm.
A: If they were baptized Catholic, then you are correct. You cannot confirm them without the bishop’s permission, and there would have to be some compelling reason for him to give it. When they reach the diocesan confirmation age, they may be confirmed.
However, if they were baptized as infants in another denomination, then you hear their confessions, conduct the rite of reception, confirm them and give them communion. That can be done on any day and without the bishop’s permission.