Diocese of Tyler


Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation

last updated 7/08

Implementation Documents/Procedure:

Ritual to be used as candidates (Catholics over the age of 7) begin formation for Confession, Confirmation, and Commuion:

Ritual of Commitment for Baptized Catholics seeking to complete their sacramental initiation

Confirmation related to the Eucharist!

Bishop Corrada's Pastoral Reflection on the Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is not our "confirming" Baptism or our faith in Christ; it is Christ confirming us in the Christian life we are already living. It is particularly important in East Texas that we avoid any sacramental catechesis that reflects the notion that Confirmation is a time for the person to individually embrace the faith or to become personally engaged in the work of the Church. It is in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, particularly at the offertory, that we present ourselves as a sacrifice to the Father. Indeed, each moment of daily life is a time to reaffirm the Call to Holiness by a commitment to love of God and neighbor. Each instant calls us to embrace Christ as He has embraced us. Above all, the celebration of the Eucharist is an appropriate sacramental moment for the individual to renew the commitment to service in the Church and in the community for the common good. (Bishop Corrada, #22, Reflection on Confirmation, emphasis added)

Catechism of the Catholic Church: on Confirmation


Handbook for Pastors and Catechists

Handbook for First Reconciliation:  Candidates and Households of Faith

Handbook for Completing Initiation:  Candidates and Households of Faith


Celebrando la Reconciliación y Completando los Sacramentos de Iniciación

para Candidatos / Hogares de Fe:

Celebrando la Reconciliación

Completando los Sacramentos de Iniciación

Guias y recursos:

Guias y recursos para la Catequesis Sacramental

CET articles:

"Sacrament of Confirmation Returns to Before First Eucharist"  October 21, 2005

Letter to the editor Nov. 4, 2005, about the genesis from the laity of this shift in pastoral practice.


Have questions?  Check out the FAQ on the Sacrament of Confirmation  new questions added 11/14/05

How will the Parish do this?

Time line for implementation

Procedure for Baptized Catholics seeking Confirmation and/or First Eucharist (2015)

Looking for more information?

Documents on the Sacrament of Confirmation

Bishop Aquilla, Diocese of Fargo, Pastoral Letter

Bishop Olmstead, Diocese of Phoenix, Sacrament Policies