How to write a catholic confirmation letter

Updated February 21, 2017

Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament practised by those who are prepared to choose the Catholic religion as an adult member of the church. Confirmation follows baptism, communion and penance, and is typically performed by teenagers who attend two years' worth of confirmation classes. The goal of writing a Catholic confirmation letter is for the sponsor to relate his hopes and prayers to the confirmation candidate, as an offering of support and belief in why the candidate deserves the gift of the Holy Spirit. Sponsors can write letters that reflect on memorable times, positive traits, personal faith experiences and the importance of making confirmation.

Address your letter to the candidate, including your candidate's saint name, as chosen by the candidate. Confirmation candidates choose the name of a canonised Roman Catholic saint whom they relate to or aspire to act like.

Encourage your candidate by starting the letter off with congratulatory statements regarding the completion of the confirmation process. Mention the candidate's positive characteristics and talents, as well as reasons why she is special as a person.

Add a paragraph that explains how Catholicism has played a role in your life and how it has shaped your faith and understanding of others. Tell a personal story that reflects on your relationship with God. Relay a message to the candidate about what being Catholic and believing in God means to you and how it has helped throughout your life.

Devote a paragraph to describing the importance of confirmation and continuous spiritual growth. Share ways that your candidate can grow closer to God and find his role in the church and in life.

Sign the letter and give it to your confirmation candidate. Confirmation candidates read the letters, as a form of support and knowledge, during confirmation classes or retreats that precede their confirmation event.

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