“Confirmation is important for Christians; it strengthens us to defend the faith and to spread the Gospel Courageously.”
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. (Lumen Gentium, in CCC 1285)
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)
“Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgement and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God’s presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.” (St. Ambrose, in CCC 1303)
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Requirements for Confirmation
A copy of the Birth Certificate, Baptism Certificate and First Communion Certificate must be provided.
Upon starting Confirmation classes in the fall the candidate must be between the 7th and 10th grade.
In the case that the candidate is in 11th or 12th grade of high school or is over 18 years old, they may join the RCIA group (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).
Why be Confirmed?
The sacrament of Confirmation is the last sacrament of the “sacraments of Initiation” and completes the sacrament of Baptism. If Baptism is the sacrament of re-birth to a new and supernatural life, Confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. The real confession of Christ consists in this, “that the whole man submits himself to Truth, in the judgment of his understanding, in the submission of his will and in the consecration of his whole power of love.”
This confirmation in the power of the Holy Spirit leading to a firm profession of faith has always been the particular effect which Catholic tradition has ascribed to the sacrament. It is effect which complements and completes that of baptism.
Confirmation is a grace that we are given. It gives us the graces we need in order to carry out our universal call as Christians!
Through Confirmation, we are able to receive all the gifts of the Holy Spirit; Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Fortitude, Fear of the Lord, Counsel, and Piety.
Choosing a Saint
As Catholics, choosing a Confirmation Saint is an important step in fulfilling the sacrament. In choosing a saint we are asking for their intercession and aide in our journey to heaven. Our Confirmation Saint is someone we aspire to imitate and can use as a model for our own lives on earth. Take into deep prayer and consideration who you will choose as your saint, it should be someone who resonates deeply with you!
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit
we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations.
Through the same Christ Our Lord.