Confirmation is the sacrament by which those born anew in baptism receive the seal of the Holy Spirit, the Gift of the Father. Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace. Along with Baptism and the Eucharist, Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation, initiation into the full life of the Catholic Church. 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, they are true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. The Catholic catechism states:
"It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost".
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1302
In the celebration of Confirmation there is a two-fold action. First, the laying of hands on the candidates by the Bishop and concelebrants. This is the biblical gesture by which the gift of the Holy Spirit is invoked. And second, while anointing you with the Sacred Chrism (blessed mixture of olive oil and balsam), the celebrant addresses you, using your chosen confirmation name saying: "[Name] be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit." These words unite us more firmly to Christ and enhance the spiritual gifts of wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and wonder and awe in God's presence. As Saint Paul wrote to the Christians in Ephesus, "In him you also.were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance." (Ephesians 1:13-14). This giving of the Holy Spirit connects believers more perfectly to Christ and strengthens them so that they may bear witness to Christ for the building up of his body in faith and love. They are so marked with the character or seal of the Lord that the sacrament of confirmation cannot be repeated.
Along with Baptism and Eucharist, Confirmation is a sacrament of Christian Initiation. Confirmation is a sealing of Baptism and the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit as a gift. The Confirmation program is a special time for the candidates to explore, deepen and strengthen their faith. The candidates are themselves choosing their Catholic faith as a way of life.
Our Parish Confirmation is a two-year program for seventh and eighth grade students. The following are some criteria to help you determine whether your child should prepare for Confirmation:
- Willingness to participate in the preparation program at this time.
- Regular participation in Sunday Eucharist.
- Regular participation in Religious Education
- Willingness to pray, reflect on God's presence in his/her life.
- Willingness to serve those in need.
For more information about the Sacramental program here in the parish please visit the Religious Education page.