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Sacrament of Initiation: Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is the second Sacrament of initiation. The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God's Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John. Jesus' entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit, and came to his Apostles on Pentecost with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, individuals receive an anointing sealing them with the Holy Spirit. They receive the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit- Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.

Confirmation for a child:

  • Classes begin in September and Sacraments are celebrated the following year. To register, or with questions, contact the Parish office.
Confirmation for an adult:

  • Adult classes take place throughout the year and are celebrated during the Easter season. For more information, click here.