Please contact your local parish for information about sacramental preparation of children for Confirmation and First Eucharist (First Holy Communion) or contact Marilyn Jackson, Evangelization and Catechesis, at (306) 659-5836 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you missed being confirmed as a child, and are seeking this sacrament, please speak to the pastor at your local parish. You can find a list of parishes at: Parishes in the Diocese of Saskatoon
In the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, the initiation sacraments have been restored to the order of Baptism-Confirmation-Eucharist, with baptized children of catechetical age receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at the same celebration at which they receive their first Holy Communion, usually around the age of 7 or 8 years. For more information, please see the Q&A at: Restored Order of Christian Initiation Sacraments.
Confirmation: “Completion of baptismal grace”
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285:
“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.'”
Eucharist: The Source and Summit of our Catholic Faith
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1322-1323:
“The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'”
The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life’ (Lumen Gentium)‘ ‘The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.’ – Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1324
This sacrament is called “Eucharist” which means Thanksgiving. It is also called the Lord’s Supper, the Breaking of the Bread, the Memorial of the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection, the Paschal Banquet, the Holy Sacrifice, the Holy and Divine Liturgy, Holy Communion, and the Holy Mass (Missio), “because the liturgy in which the mystery of salvation is accomplished concludes with the sending forth (missio) of the faithful, so that they may fulfill God’s will in their daily lives” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1328-1332).
In the Holy Eucharist we sacramentally receive Our Lord Jesus Christ himself, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity – in the words of St. Augustine, “let us become what we consume.”