Confirmation is a sacrament in which those who have been baptised receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit, Whom the Lord sent upon His apostles at Pentecost. It is a Sacrament that celebrates God’s special strengths and gifts in those who have been baptized.
In 1972, the church published The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA stresses the connections between the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist.
In Baptism, a person becomes a Christian and receives grace and life from the Holy Spirit.
In Confirmation, the baptismal vows are renewed and the sealing of the Spirit serves as a preparation for a mature Christian life.
In Eucharist, the great sign of Christian unity, the faithful are nourished and strengthened. They are transformed into a more loving and united community of believers.
Through these Sacramental Rites the faithful are officially acknowledged as Christians. They are commissioned to carry out the mission of Christ and His Church.
Confirmation is a parish community celebration. It provides an opportunity for members of the parish family to renew their baptismal commitment. Confirmation time in the parish is a time when the community celebrates the gifts of the Holy Spirit among them.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit help Christians live their lives more fully committed to Christ. These gifts are:
Reverence for God
Confirmation is a yearly celebration that is scheduled by the Diocese. Confirmation is a parish wide celebration, where all students come together to receive the Sacrament. For more information contact:
Jamie Connelly: Coordinator of Religious Education
Phone: 724-445-4111 – Ext 227.