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Adult Confirmation - A Special Note


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Anyone looking to receive Sacraments in the Catholic Church MUST coordinate with their local parish


As a member of the Catholic Church, you must be affiliated with a Catholic parish.  This is your local or "home" parish.  This is typically the church that is closest to where you live.


It is within the local parish where a Catholic lives out their spiritual lives, and it is the responsibility of the pastor to provide for the preparation, administration, and documentation of the Sacrements, including Confirmation.


If for some reason your local parish does not provide an adult Confirmation preparation program, or if that program is not convenient to your schedule, you must coordinate with your pastor and/or director of formation in order to attend a Regional Adult Confirmation Preparation process or attend a preparation process at another parish.


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Understanding why "shopping around" for Confirmation preparation sessions is not appropriate in the Catholic Church...


We get many calls asking if we offer adult Confirmation "classes."  It is unfortunate, however, that many of these callers are mis-informed or unclear on what is the appropriate process to follow if they would like to prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Below are some common questions that I hope will help you understand the process.


Who should I call about preparing for Confirmation?

As with all the Sacraments, your first call is to your LOCAL PARISH office.


Why do I have to call my local parish?

In order to be considered a practicing Catholic, you need to registered with a parish community.


Why do I have to be registered at a parish?  Can't I just go to Mass at any Catholic Church?

Yes, any Catholic may attend Mass at any Catholic Church throughout the world.  But to be considered an active, practicing Catholic in good standing, you need to join a parish community.  As a Catholic, you cannot be a "lone wolf."  Being Catholic means establishing yourself in a particular local parish community.


Why do I have to talk to my local pastor?  Can't I talk with any priest?

No.  While any priest or deacon can give you guidance, it is the Pastor's repsonsibilty (or the pastor's designee) to make sure all the members of his community are given proper preparation for the Sacraments, including Confirmation.


But what if my parish doesn't have an adult confirmation preparation process?

Most parishes have some form of preparation for adults seeking Confirmation, but you won't know this unless you call them first.  If for some reason they don't have a process in place, they can give you guidance on what to do and where to go.


What is my local parish preparation process doesn't fit my schedule?

This can be a common problem... they meet on evenings where you may have to work or go to class.  Talk with those responsible to see if they can make any accommodations for your situation, or see if they can help you prepare elsewhere (at another parish or at a regional session) that might better accommoade your schedule.  Remember, you need the permission of your pastor (or the pastor's designee) before going outside of your parish for any sacrament preparation.  Many parishes have arrangements with other local parishes or other preocesses in place to help accommodate these needs.


Can't I just take a class at another parish?

No.  Your pastor and your parish are responsible for your spiritual and sacramental formation.  You would need to get your pastor's permission (or the pastor's designee) to take any preparation or receive any sacraments outside of the parish.


Aren't there regional courses I can take?

Sometimes.  You need to check with your local parish office about the details.  All the regional offices of the Archdiocese send notifications to their local parishes when these sessions are offered.  In recent years the various Regional Offices of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have sponsored adult Confirmatin preparation session at various parishes within their regions.  Your parish should have this information, but information can also be found on the Regional web sites.


Can't I just sign up for a regional course?

No.  Again, your first call is always to your local parish.  Those looking to prepare for Confirmation through one of these Regionally sponsored sessions MUST receive permission from their pastor (or the pastor's designee) BEFORE they will be allowed to attend.


Why do I need the permission of my Pastor?

These regional Confirmaiton preparation sessions require that participants meet certian strict eligability requirements in order to participate.  Only your pastor (or the pastor's designee) can review and approve your readiness and eligibility for these regional sessions.


Can't I just talk to any priest and have them sign-off?

No.  Again, it is the pastor's responsibility to prepare their parishioners for receiving any sacrament.  While any priest or deacon can provide guidance, it is the pastor's responsibility (or that of his designated deligate) to assess and approve taking any sacrament preparation outside of the parish.


But what if I don't belong to any particular parish?

There are lots of reasons why a person may not be officially registered at a particular parish, particularly younger adults in this fast-moving mobile society.  You may only recently moved into the neighborhood.  You may be a student at the local university.  Once you leave your home parish behind, Catholics must find a new parish community in which to join (and register), establishing a new relationship with a new community under the care of that parish pastor.


Why do I have to belong to a particular parish?

Since the days of the Apostles, Christians formed local communities of faith.  These communities were responsible for the needs of those who joined that commuity, including preparing them to receive the various Sacraments.  To be considered a "praticing Catholic in good standing" you need to belong to a parish community... a place where you practice your fiath regularly (going to Mass every week) and are known by the pastor and other members of the community in order to establish your "good staanding" as part of that community.


Also... a word about "classes"

Understand that using the word "class" in relation to preparing for a Sacrament is highly inappropriate.  The word "class" gives the perception that we are "teaching" you about the Catholic faith, which we are not.  And it makes Confimration seem like a sort of graduation, which it is not. 


Instead what we do is provide "Sacrament preparation."  Sessions held in a group setting that are intended to deepen the faith to which you have already been Baptized.  Preparation sessions include, prayer, personal reflection, group discussion, Q & A, and other activities, as well as a review of the basic elements of Catholic dogma, doctrin, and tradition.  During the preparation process participants will also have the opportunity to discern their readiness to receive the Sacramant of Confirmaitn with their group leader and their sponsor.