Our names are important. Our parents spent many hours choosing a name for us and it becomes our identity. Our names are used to introduce us to the Church community at our Baptism when we become a child of God and so God too uses our name as he draws us into a relationship with Him.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the completion of our initiation into the Catholic Church. The Holy Spirit and the gifts we received at Baptism are sealed within us at Confirmation. Some celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation choose to honor their given name at baptism or a saint name of whom they wish to model their lives after and honor. Taking a new name can be a symbolic way of recognizing the Holy Spirit's gifts being sealed within us and the commitment to live as Catholics in today’s world with the guidance of someone the candidate admirs. If you decided to choose a special patron or to honor the name you were given at Baptism, remember that the celebration of Confirmation is a time to reaffirm one’s Baptism and God’s commitment to walk with us in our journey.
We strongly encourage our candidates to use their Baptismal name as their Confirmation Name. Research your Baptismal name(s) to see if it pertains to a canonized Saint or look into the Saint whose feast day falls on your birthday. If you have a devotion to a particular Saint and want to use their name, we will add it to your baptismal name. All candidates are expected to complete the Confirmation Name Form for Confirmation. If you wish to use a Saint Name other than your Baptismal name you may do so by ensuring that your completed Confirmation Name Form is submitted by June 15th. For all forms received after June 15, 2018 your Confirmation Name will be your Baptismal Name.
Example of Confirmation Name:
Baptismal Name: Kendra Suzanne Lockhart Confirmation Saint: Therese of Lesieux
Used at Confirmation: Kendra Suzanne Therese Lockhart
Here are a few things to explore to answer the questions below or just to get to know your Saint a little better.:
What was your Saint like at your age, if there is information abailable?
Did your Saint undergo a major conversaion experience from living a rich and worldly life to one of great virtue?
What virtues or qualities does your Saint possess?
What works of service is your Saint known for? (I.e. Missionary, teacher, doctor, etc.)
How did your Saint die?
Is your Saint the patron of any group?
Discuss a specific devotion that is attributed to your Saint.