“I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” – Mark 13:11
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the second of the three sacraments of initiation and completes the sacrament of Baptism. Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Confirmation perfects our baptism and brings us the graces of the Holy Spirit that were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age- it is a sacrament of empowerment. It gives the strength to follow Jesus and to become involved in the mission which Jesus left to the Church. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the Sacrament of Confirmation is to give strength in faith.
Youth Confirmation – Youth are eligible to receive Confirmation if they have been baptized (or received) into the Catholic Church. The Confirmation process usually takes two years beginning in the fall of the candidate’s freshman year and ending in the spring of their sophomore year. However, any high school teen is welcome to attend. Contact Paul Croghan at the parish office.
Adult Confirmation – For those who are already baptized Catholic but have not yet been confirmed. The preparation for this is through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), please Contact Us for more information.