What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is the sacrament in which baptized persons receive a special grace which strengthens them for their Christian work ahead. Confirmation is administered by the bishop. It seals us with the Holy Spirit, increases and deepens our baptismal grace, roots us more deeply to Jesus, increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and gives us special strength of the Spirit to boldly spread and defend the faith by word and deed as true witnesses of Christ.
On Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to strengthen the disciples with new graces for the difficult work ahead. Then they went out and preached the Gospel fearlessly and carried out the mission Jesus had given them. Later, they laid hands on others to strengthen them as well (Acts 8:14-17). Through Confirmation we are strengthened to meet the spiritual challenges in our lives.
The Sacrament of Confirmation completes our Baptismal graces, and fully initiates us into the discipleship of Christ and His Church. Our hope is that sacramental formation within our Parish will especially prepare our youth and adult catechumens to receive all the graces the Holy Spirit wants to give them.
When do we celebrate Confirmation?
At St. Patrick’s, Confirmation is often celebrated near Easter for 7th and 8th Graders and after the Rite of Christian Initiation Classes (RCIA) have been completed for adults. If you are interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, please call the parish office for further information.
For more information about the Sacrament of Confirmation, please see the Online Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Confirmation in the Catechism
1285 Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that 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, Paragraph 128