Confirmation

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 14-15. 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 begins.  We can supply you with various books, advice and lesson plans to get them “up to speed”. 

If you have just moved to Zurich and have a child ready to begin the Confirmation course, please get in touch with the office as soon as possible as numbers on the course are limited.

Short article on the Sacrament of Confimation

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION was instituted by Jesus on Pentecost Sunday when He sent the Holy Spirit, as He promised, upon the Apostles gathered in the Upper Room in Jerusalem.  (Acts 2: 1-42) 'Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded.  It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  For 'by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.  Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.'  (CCC 1326)The Sacrament of Confirmation is the second of the Sacraments of Initiation.  In this Sacrament which the Bishop confers upon us we:

• Are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit

• Receive the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

• Are made soldiers of Christ to defend the Faith

• Are made witnesses to spread the Good News to all the earth

Those who have received instruction and are suitably prepared receive Confirmation and are thus considered adult members of the Church.  They are expected to be active in Church ministries and Parish programs.

In the Latin rite of the Church, Confirmation is received after reaching the age of reason when a person is able to renew their Baptismal Vows in order to illustrate that Confirmation is a completion of our Baptism.  In the Eastern Rites, Confirmation is received as an infant to more accurately illustrate that Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation.

The sponsor at Confirmation act as a witness to the reception of this Sacrament and encourages the candidate to live their commitment as a Catholic to its fullest.  It is advised that sponsors be the same person that was present at Baptism.

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety and Fear of the Lord