Confirmation perfects the Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine affiliation, 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.
Just as our bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that our souls need to grow in the life of grace. Just as the human body must grow in childhood, adolescence, and then adulthood, the human soul needs to grow into maturity. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in the Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.
Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and your destiny. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) and gave them courage to practice their faith. The essential rite of Confirmation is anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism together with the laying on of the minister’s hand and the words “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”.
If you are an adult who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, or if you are a baptized Catholic who never received Confirmation, please check out The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). There you will find good information on what that process is and also contact information for the person who can tell you more about it. For more information on RCIA, please click here.
If you are visiting our site because your child is approaching eighth grade, or a little older; and you want to know the process for your child to receive Confirmation, we say welcome! We know what a busy and exciting time this is for your family, and we want to continue to assist you in raising your child in the faith and prepare them to make their faith their own.
Novena of the Seven Gifts
The Novena typically begins on the day after the Solemnity of the Ascension, Friday the Sixth Week of Easter. However, for our purposes, we ask that you pray the Novena over the 9 Weeks prior to Confirmation. Begin the week of February 22nd and we will finish up the weekend before the Rite of Confirmation (February 22-April 19).
This video has a GREAT message for parents...we viewed it at the Parent Meeting. It refers to a different Confirmation curriculum called CHOSEN, and we are NOT using this curriculum in our Sunday programming. However, the message is relevant to you, as parents, regardless. Please take time to view it!