ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
ENFIELD, CT 860-745-5616
Saint Martha Parish
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine relationship, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.
Consistent participation in the seventh through tenth grade classes and activities is necessary to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Confirmation preparation, for teens, occurs over a two- year span. In the first year, students enter into a period of inquiry. In the second year of Confirmation, students will enter a more focused period of study and service in which they will obtain the necessary skills in order to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and to become true disciples of Christ. For more information, please contact:
Lori Kedzior (860) 716-4621.
The program is to assist high school students in receiving the gift of this sacrament. The program encourages students to strengthen their relationship with the Holy Trinity, God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The focus is on God's love, gifts/fruits/virtues/ of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Mass, the Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, volunteering (community service) and prayers. Classes run on Sunday evenings from September thru May and once the requirements have been met, they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation the following Fall.
For more information please contact: Lori Kedzior (860) 716-4621.
Any Catholic parishioner or Non-Catholic adults18 years or older, who wish to learn more about Confirmation in the Catholic church are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program. For more information, contact Mr. Brian LeMay at (860) 749-8457.
Many People ask....
Does my Confirmation sponsor have to be Catholic?
The answer to that is yes. The reason a sponsor must be a practicing Catholic is that a sponsor is expected to pay special attention to the efforts of the person being confirmed to lead a Christian life in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Qualifications of a Confirmation Sponsor.
Sponsor must be at least 16 years old.
They must be Catholic and have received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
They must lead a life in harmony with the Catholic Faith and the role to be undertaken.
A parent may NOT be a sponsor but they may "stand in" for the sponsor if the sponsor can't attend..
A Catholic who does not practice their faith regularly disqualifies themselves.
The job of the sponsor is to be a "Christian Role Model" in someone's life.
Sponsors must provide a "Sponsor's Certificate" to the church of ceremony.
What is a Sponsor Certificate?
A sponsor certificate is a certificate issued by Catholic Churches where a priest assures members of the faithful that this person is a Catholic in good standing and is eligible to stand as a Catholic role model.
The person asked to be a Confirmation Sponsor must go to the church THEY ATTEND and request a "Sponsor's Certificate". Every Catholic Church is familiar with this form.
The Confirmation sponsor gives their "Sponsor Certificate" to the student who they are standing up for and the confirmation candidate submits the form to their parish. (the parish where the ceremony is taking place).
Have you been asked to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor?
If St. Martha is your home parish, please know that you will be required to be an actively registered parishioner for 3 months before we can issue a “letter in good standing”.St. Martha Parishioners CLICK HERE to request a letter.
If St. Martha is not your home parish, please contact the parish you are currently registered at for the letter and ask that it be sent to the parish where the sacrament will be issued. This letter is normally required by the parish where the sacrament of Baptism or Confirmation will be celebrated.