Confirmations at Christ the King Church, Ridgefield, CT: Bishop Bernard Fellay

December 08, 2019
St. Ignatius Retreat House, Ridgefield CT

H.E. Bernard Fellay will administer the sacrament of Confirmation at Christ the King Church, Ridgefield CT on Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Dress attire
Boys: dress pants and shirt.
Girls: dresses and mantilla.

Requirements for Sponsors
One sponsor is required for each confirmand. Sponsors must be Catholics in good standing with the Church, and themselves confirmed. Male sponsors are required for boys and female sponsors for girls. The sponsors are chosen by the family.

Families may invite to the ceremony as many guests as they wish.


Whether the sacrament of Confirmation imprints a character?

A character is a spiritual power ordained to certain sacred actions. Just as Baptism is a spiritual regeneration unto Christian life, so also is Confirmation a certain spiritual growth bringing man to perfect spiritual age. 

But it is evident, from a comparison with the life of the body, that the action which is proper to man immediately after birth, is different from the action which is proper to him when he has come to perfect age. And therefore by the sacrament of Confirmation man is given a spiritual power in respect of sacred actions other than those in respect of which he receives power in Baptism. For in Baptism he receives power to do those things which pertain to his own salvation, forasmuch as he lives to himself: whereas in Confirmation he receives power to do those things which pertain to the spiritual combat with the enemies of the Faith.

This is evident from the example of the apostles, who, before they received the fullness of the Holy Ghost, were in the "upper prayer" (Acts 1:13-14); whereas afterwards they went out and feared not to confess their faith in public, even in the face of the enemies of the Christian Faith. And therefore it is evident that a character is imprinted in the sacrament of Confirmation.

(Extract from Summa Theologica, IIIa, q. 72, art 5 - St. Thomas Aquinas)