“What a tremendous blessing! You have come into our life just in time to defend our faith. We are growing from your great work. God bless you all.”
~ Beth, Boston, Massachusetts
If I was confirmed at a time when I didn't believe in God, may I receive a second confirmation?
I was confirmed at the age of 13. At the time I considered myself an atheist, and I was not receptive to the sacrament. I only recently returned to the Catholic faith. Is there any possibility that I could receive a second chance at confirmation?
For the sacrament of confirmation to be conferred validly, the recipient must at least have the intention of receiving it. It would seem that at the time you did not have the necessary intention of receiving the sacrament, so you did not validly receive it. But don’t worry. While confirmation cannot be repeated, it may be conferred conditionally in a case such as yours. I recommend that you contact your pastor about this.
"Build schoolhouses then for the religious education of your children as the best protest against a system of education from which religion has been excluded by law."
~ Bernard J. McQuaid, Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester; in firm command to his flock, after the failure of the State to remedy the injustice to Catholic parents who were forced to pay education taxes to support public schools detrimental to their faith.