Some Questions Catholic Bishops Ask at Confirmation

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share with you the questions Catholic Diocese of Columbus Bishop Frederick Campbell asked Confirmation candidates of St. Peter in Chains Parish, Wheelersburg, OH and St. Monica Parish, New Boston, OH on May 6, 2012. The answers may help you prepare for this important moment, as well as be a source of strength all your life.

What does the word Confirmation mean?

Hint: look at the root words. (firm, strong) This sacrament is a strengthening of the sacrament of Baptism. We are called to be strong and committed in our Catholic faith.

Why did God make you?

God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven. (Difficult to find a better answer to this ageless question!) God did not make us to grow in materialism, wealth or power, but to stand up for what is true and lasting and to love one another.

What is the 1st commandment?

You shall have no other gods before Me.  Or from Scripture, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (Mt 22:38)

What is the 3rd commandment?

‘Remember to keep holy the Sabbath. (Go to Mass-not the mall. Pray-daily-not just on Sunday. Rest.)

What commandment brings with it a blessing?

Honor your father and mother. (Parents are a true blessing!)

Bishop’s desire for Confirmation Candidates:

Remember your dignity as sons and daughters of God. You are to become more like Christ, witnesses of his suffering, death and resurrection. Build up the Body of Christ in faith and love. Pray every day to know your vocation.

2 thoughts on “Some Questions Catholic Bishops Ask at Confirmation”

  1. Thank you for this posting. Knowing who we are and why God made us is foundational to spiritual growth so I appreciate this very traditional and substantial question/response. May God bless the newly confirmed and all continually renewing our Confirmation blessings.

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