In Toronto, the Church’s invitation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is usually made to young people in Grade 8. However, the response to this invitation comes at different times for different people.
It is not necessary to be confirmed in Grade 8. Indeed, if one’s faith commitment is not yet sufficiently mature to accept this invitation, it is best to wait. How long? Until one desires ‘full initiation into the Church’, which is what Confirmation is about. Confirmation is not a rite of passage like graduation from elementary school; it is the beginning of a personal commitment to be an active member of the Roman Catholic Church, with all the joys and responsibilities that that entails. Therefore, the best time to be confirmed is not necessarily Grade 8, but rather when you are prepared to deepen your life in the Spirit.
If you are seeking information about Confirmation for your youth, please see PART I.
If you are seeking information about Confirmation for adults, please see PART II.
For a brief teaching on the Sacrament of Confirmation, please see PART III.
PART I: Confirmation for Youth
In keeping with the guidelines of our Archdiocese of Toronto, candidates for confirmation are required to participate regularly at weekly mass.
This means that:
- if you attend mass here at St. Benedict with your child on Saturday evening or Sunday, you are welcome to register your child here for Confirmation.
- if you go to another Catholic church, you are encouraged to contact that parish to register your child for Confirmation there.
Another requirement is adequate preparation. Therefore, depending on the age of your child and the school they attend, there’s a place for them.
At St. Benedict Parish, we are proud to offer 3 parish-based preparation options for Confirmation. You can choose the one that best suits your child’s particular needs.
If your child is:
- Baptized, in Grade 8 at a Catholic School
Baptized, in Grades 8 at a Public School
- Baptized, and attends Public or Catholic High School
- Already enrolled in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium)
PART II: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
If you are an adult, baptized or not baptized, and wish to explore a journey of faith that could include the Sacrament of Confirmation, we invite you to consider the RCIA.
PART III: Introduction to the Sacrament Confirmation
To learn more about Confirmation, we invite you to visit the Archdiocese of Toronto Website.