Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation in Switzerland is normally at age 18.

In the English Speaking Mission in Zurich we have permission to administer the Sacrament at age 16.  However, this is conditional on suitable preparation, religious instruction and knowledge.

Young people wishing to be Confirmed should have had a prolonged period of religious education, in the ESCM or their parish, and be ready to make a serious commitment to their faith. The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred on those who have completed, in full, all religious education classes leading up to this point.

Here in the English Speaking Mission, we have, and continue to develop, a full Religious Education programme and preparation classes for the Sacraments.  After First Communion at age 9/10, there are a further 5 Post Communion classes, taking the students to age 13-14.  Then we have a short preparation course for those wishing to be Confirmed at age 16.

Those wishing to join the Confirmation course should have attended all the Post Communion classes since First Communion.  If not, then please supply a short note from your last parish/priest/catechist stating the subjects covered in the RE classes attended since First Communion.

If you have been homeschooling your children in RE then please supply the same information.

If your child has received no or little religious education since First Communion and/or First Confession, then you will need to complete the work missed with your son or daughter before classes begin.  We can supply you with various books, advice and lesson plans to get them “up to speed”.  You will need to begin NOW with this preparation.

If you have just moved to Zurich and have a child ready to begin the Confirmation course, please get in touch with Fr Boguslaw as soon as possible.

Short article on the Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is described as the sacrament of spiritual maturity.  It focuses on the working of the Holy Spirit, and in receiving Confirmation we are strengthened in the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, piety, fortitude and fear of the Lord).  Confirmation strengthens our relationship with God by uniting us to him and reminding us that every sacrament is an encounter with God himself.  Confirmation gives us the strength to defend our faith by word, deed and example of our lives, and enriches the soul of the person with deep graces.  The Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church states that Catholics “are more perfectly bound to the Church by the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Holy Spirit endows them with special strength so that they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith, both by word and deed, as true witnesses of Christ” (Par. 11). The Sacrament of Confirmation points back to the great Pentecost event (Acts: 2) when the disciples and Mary were praying together in the upper room and the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus had promised them, came upon them in the form of a mighty wind and tongues of fire.  The disciples gathered there had been commanded by Jesus to take the good news of his death and resurrection to the ends of the earth.  Those who were gathered there, up to that point, lacked a real understanding of what Jesus’ life and death fully meant.  At the Last Supper Jesus had assured them that the Holy Spirit would come upon them and teach them what they needed to know and do.  Pentecost was the moment of the apostles’ Confirmation, and after that they went everywhere, proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and converting people to follow Christ’s teaching.  We all need the strength of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Preparing for Confirmation over a two year period prior to the Sacrament being given at 16 or when received into the Church as an adult, gives us the inner strength to face the difficult choices that we make to live our lives as Jesus taught us.  There is seldom a day when the authenticity of our faith isn’t tested.