Confirmation

 

Why Do We Celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation? 

At confirmation, we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles, we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing Confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also, the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

 

 

8th Grade Faith Formation: 

8th-Grade Faith Formation meets on Sunday Mornings from 9:15am-10:45am. 

Please register your student for Faith Formation before September 1, 2019 

Faith Formation Classes begin September 2019

 

Sacrament of Confirmation General Information:

Requirements for Sacrament of Confirmation

Welcome Letter

Sacrament of Confirmation Parent Meeting, September 15, 2019: 9:15am-Church Library 

Sacrament of Confirmation Retreat: TBD

Sacrament of Confirmation Practice: Sunday, March 29, 2020: 2:00pm at St. Paul Parish 

Sacrament of Confirmation Liturgy: Saturday, April 4, 2020: 10:30am at St. Paul Parish 

 

Sacrament of Confirmation Google Forms: 

Sacrament of Confirmation Registration

Candidate/Sponsor Meet Up

Candidate Commitment

Confirmation Service Hour Log

Letter to Pastor Requesting Sacrament of Confirmation

Report about Confirmation Saint

 

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation please contact Joe Frangos, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Parish office at 330-494-2759 or by email at elevateym17@gmail.com