WHAT IS THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?
Confirmation is the sacrament by which Catholics become fully initiated into the Catholic Church and receive the seal and gifts of the Holy Spirit. By receiving Confirmation, those who have been baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals “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.”
WHY RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?
The Catholic Church teaches “Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “Sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace...Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”
WHO MAY RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the final Sacrament of Initiation. Only those who have received Baptism and the Eucharist may be confirmed. Here, at St. Bartholomew, we have a two-year program that candidates must complete to receive this sacrament. As part of the program, candidates will attend classes to gain spiritual guidance; complete service projects at home, at church and in the community; and complete other important tasks throughout the program. Candidates will then request permission to receive the sacrament from our Pastor, Father John Paladino,
Confirmation program is a two-year program of preparation for seventh and eighth grade students. It is a special time for the candidates to explore, deepen and strengthen their faith. The candidates will become confident in their choice of the Catholic faith as a way of life. 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.
Where can I find additional information regarding Confirmation at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church?
Visit our website, https://stbartconfirm.wordpress.com/.