“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.”
“Confirmation perfects the Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filtration, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian’s soul; for this reason, one can receive this sacrament only once in one’s life.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1316-1317
The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the eighth-grade school year. Formal preparation for Confirmation should be viewed as beginning in Kindergarten with CCD continuing through eighth grade.
The Sacrament of Confirmation completes Baptism. All baptized Catholics should be confirmed by the time they are in high school. All Catholic high school students and adults who have not been confirmed are urged to contact the church office to begin a plan of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
A person being confirmed needs to have a Confirmation sponsor who is wisely selected. A sponsor needs to be a fully initiated Catholic who must be at least 16 years of age and must be practicing and participating fully in the Catholic faith.
Contact the parish office at 740-522-5270 for more information about Confirmation.