Confirmation


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Confirmation – “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”

Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation into the Church, together with Baptism and Eucharist. “Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or ‘confirm’ the baptized union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church – glossary)

The Catechism on the Effects of Confirmation

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.

From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:

  • it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation (in our relation to the God the Father as His children) which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”
  • it unites us more firmly to Christ
  • it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
  • it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
  • it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross:

 

Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment 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.

Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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Preparation for Confirmation

Confirmation is celebrated for youth during their high school years.  Adults prepare for confirmation through the RCIA program, and are confirmed at the Easter Vigil.  See the Faith Formation Confirmation page for more information.