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Audrey wrote:

Hi, guys —

I know Baptism and Confirmation are similar. I have been baptized and made my First Holy Communion, but not my Confirmation.

  • Does this mean I have not been confirmed into the Catholic Church?

Audrey

  { If I was baptized and made my First Holy Communion, have I been confirmed into the Church? }

Paul replied:

Audrey,

Baptism and Confirmation, one could say, are similar to the consent and consummation of a covenant, or more specifically, a wedding. They go together, like the heads and tails of a coin, to make you a member of that living covenant between the Father and Christ.

Baptism is the fullness of when you or your parents and godparents consented and said Yes to God; but the Fullness of divine Life that comes with that consent is poured out in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

So as a Catholic, if you missed your Confirmation, then you are still a member of Christ's body, the Church, by virtue of your Baptism, but you are still not in the full union of Supernatural Life and Love that God offers us.

Paul

Mary Ann replied:

Audrey,

Not making your Confirmation means you have not completed the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, the Eucharist and Confirmation) into the Body of Christ.

  • You have become part of the Body of Christ.
  • You have become a child of the Father — both of these through the gift of the Spirit.
  • You have received the gift of divine life in your soul,
    • but you have not received the gift of the Holy Spirit in His fullness, in power —
      the power intended to equip us for our mission in the world.

Do be sure and prepare for and receive this wonderful Sacrament. With it come the gifts of the Spirit:

  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Counsel
  • Knowledge
  • Fortitude
  • Piety, and
  • Fear of the Lord

Mary Ann

Audrey replied:

Hi, guys —

Thanks for the answers. I am now 39 years old and have been asked to be a godparent.

  • Can I?

Audrey

Paul followed-up:

Hello Audrey,

No, it is not possible. According to Canon law 874. §1 /3., a [sponsor|godparent] must be confirmed:

Canon 874 §1. To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:

3. be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most Holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on.

It is important that the [godparent|sponsor] has received his or her Sacraments of Initiation, which include Baptism, Confirmation, and Communion, in order to assist the initiation of another person into the Body of Christ.

If you wish to be fully initiated into Christ and His Church, then it would be important for you to contact your parish to receive this important sacramental encounter with Christ and His Spirit.

P.S. Always hit the "Reply to All" button in your e-mail, so that all of us may be able to dialogue with you.

Thanks,

Paul

Eric replied:

Hi, Audrey —

If you "never made your Confirmation", then you have not been confirmed, and you need to be confirmed to be a godparent.

Contact your parish priest and find out what needs to be done to get confirmed. Unfortunately, the timing may not work out unless your friends are very early in the Baptism cycle.

Eric

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