The Seven Sacraments
Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law:
Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.
A Spiritual Seal
Confirmation is a sacrament of Christian initiation. It seals the baptized with the Holy Spirit, binding the faithful more perfectly to the Church, and helping them to be better witnesses of Christ.
The Gifts of the Spirit
Confirmation imparts the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, and the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation recalls the outpouring of the Spirit granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
Age for Candidacy
Every baptized person can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Without Confirmation, Christian initiation remains incomplete. Tradition suggests that the minimum age for Confirmation is the age of discretion (7). In most of the United States, it is customary to administer Confirmation in the teenage years. At Christ Our King, the sacrament is typically administered during the eighth grade year.
Registered, active parishioner at Christ Our King
Received the sacrament of Baptism
Completed at least one year of faith formation the year prior to beginning Confirmation Prep
First Reconciliation and Holy Communion
Customarily, in the United States, Catholics receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in the second grade.
Anyone with questions about the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) may contact Ashley Arominski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certain sacramental candidates may be asked to participate in portions of the RCIA process, including:
Individuals over the age of 7 who require baptism
Baptized Catholics over the age of 7 who have not been raised in the Catholic faith
Baptized non-Catholic Christians over the age of 7 who seek to received into full communion with the Catholic Church
All candidates for confirmation, including COK-SM students, must complete a registration form.
Christ Our King has baptismal certificates on file for anyone who received Baptism or First Holy Communion at COK. A candidate who received the sacraments elsewhere must provide a copy of his/her baptismal certificate to the Parish Office.
A sacramental fee covers the costs of catechesis and preparation materials.
At least one parent/guardian and candidate must attend.
Baptismal certificates and fees collected.
A sponsor helps to see that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations of the sacrament.
The sponsor must be:
16 years of age or older
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
free of canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared
not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed
The sponsor must provide sponsor certificates from his/her home parish.
The ordinary minister of Confirmation is the bishop. Bishops are the successors of the apostles; they administer the sacrament, in order to unite those who receive it more closely to the Church, to her apostolic origins, and to her mission of bearing witness to Christ. If the need arises, the bishop may grant the faculty of administering Confirmation to priests. When the Bishop of Charleston administers Confirmation, the date for the liturgy is determined by the Office of the Bishop.