The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285)
Confirmation is the second sacrament of Christian initiation. It is called Confirmation because it confirms and strengthens baptismal grace. Through this sacrament, the grace given in baptism is deepened.
Confirmation for youth is usually conferred in the 10th grade following two years of preparation. In order to be confirmed, an individual must participate in the program that is offered through the Parish Faith Formation Program. Weekly attendance at Sunday Mass as well as active participation in the parish youth program are requirements for all Confirmation students. In addition to reflecting on their faith in classes, candidates are asked to participate in service projects and a day of prayer. If an individual is beyond 10th Grade and has not received the sacrament, he or she should contact the parish office.
For further information please contact Connie Rollins, Director of Religious Education.
Scriptural Reference for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
"Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received
the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and
prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them,
but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit."