"When the day of Pentecost came it found them gathered in one place.
Suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind
which was heard all through the house where they were seated. Tongues of
fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were
filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-4).
is one of the three sacraments that fully initiates one into the Catholic
Christian Church (along with the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist).
The purpose of the sacrament of Confirmation is to strengthen the individual in
the Holy Spirit, empowering him or her to act more strongly as a witness to
Christ’s Gospel. During this sacrament, the Bishop (or his delegate)
anoints the candidates with oil and confers upon them the Gifts of the Holy
Preparation for Confirmation involves a three year period of
reflection and deeper immersion into one’s relationship with Christ and the
Church. Beginning in ninth grade, those
interested in receiving the sacrament are asked to open themselves to more
opportunities to explore their membership in the Church through study, Youth
Ministry events, retreats, service projects, and mentoring with parents, their
sponsors, and their catechists and pastor. Conferring of the sacrament takes place in the
eleventh grade. A minimum of two years enrollment
in a Catholic School or Parish School of Religion is a prerequisite for
entering preparation, and attendance in a formal religious education program
must continue during the ninth through eleventh grade.
In order to be confirmed, a person must be able to renew
their baptismal promises, participate regularly in the Celebration of the
Eucharist, be free from serious sin, and present a reasonable indication of
intention to live out the Catholic faith. Rather than a completion of tasks to "earn”
the sacrament, Confirmation preparation activities and works are meant to
provide the environment for one to examine their faith and lifestyle and come
to the realization that receiving the sacrament of Confirmation is not an
ending of a program or graduation from a course but is an experience of growth
and commitment to one’s faith.
For further information, please contact Rick Beben through our church office, or by email, or by