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Annunciation of the Lord

Confirmation

Video: The Sacrament of Confirmation


What is Confirmation?

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, a baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened into Catholic adulthood to go and serve in the name of Christ. We devote ourselves even more to what Christ is calling us to and the Holy Spirit works through us in an even closer way.

Catechism quotes on Confirmation:

CCC 1302: “…Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.”

CCC 1303: From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
- it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation 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.

CCC 1304: 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.


Confirmation Requirements

Candidates:

1) Completion of Confirmation I (typically grade 8) in Catholic School,  Faith Formation program, or successful homeschooling.

2) Acceptable attendance in the Confirmation II (typically grade 9) in-class Parish Faith Formation Program. 
3) Complete community service
4) Submit Sponsor/Saint Name Report.
5) Weekly attendance at Mass.
6) Participation in Confirmation Retreat.
7) Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Parents:

1) At least one parent/guardian is expected to attend the parent meeting/s. (Please contact the director if this is a problem.)
2) Weekly attendance & participation at Mass with your child.
3) Report all class absences to your child's teacher.


Adult Confirmation:

If you have not been baptized, Confirmation is received at the same time as baptism through the OCIA. If you have and would like to receive Confirmation, you can still join the OCIA. Check out our page on OCIA, or the order of Christian Initiation, here