Confirmation – Sacraments
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.”
Confirmation is the strengthening and fullness of the Holy Spirit that was received in Baptism. When we were baptized, we became Children of God. As Children of God, we share the life of God, the life of three person in one love. The Spirit is the love between Father and Son. The Spirit acts in us urging us to move beyond our individual selves into making the community on Earth like the community of love that is God.
Confirmation calls us to a great participation in the mission of Jesus and the Church. Through Confirmation, our relationship with God is deepened and we are incorporated more completely into the body of Christ.
Being confirmed is the Church’s recognition that the Holy Spirit is moving in that person. Thus the Church “confirms” what is going on. To step forward and ask to be confirmed is for an individual to recognize that the Holy Spirit is moving in them, and then as the larger faith community if they too recognize that Spirit.
The preparation of Candidates for the sacrament of Confirmation takes place every second year (2013, 2015, 2017 etc). All baptized Candidates must reach the minimum age of 13, the year that they wish to be confirmed. Preparation classes will be spread throughout the Confirmation year and will focus on Faith formation and service.
For more information, please contact Rachel Suarez-Banmann, Faith Formation Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org