CCC1285 – …”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.”
DATES TO PUT ON THE CALENDAR:
**An informational meeting for parents and your confirmation student is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30 pm in the cafeteria at Our Lady Queen of Heaven.
**Sunday, October 22nd- Retreat at the Rudolph Grotto. We will begin with mass at 8:30 at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Rudolph. Parents are invited to attend mass with us!! Will conclude the retreat at 2:30 pm. We will provide snacks and lunch.
- Confirmation Date for WR Deanery : Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
- Preparation begins in the Ninth grade with the a two-year program where the students go through the Chosen Program, which is a very uplifting adequate Catechism-based Confirmation preparation program as well as take part in a retreat and do 8 volunteer hours for church, family and community and attend mass each Sunday.
What is Confirmation? Confirmation is the final sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Church. In this sacrament you receive a greater outpouring of the graces you’ve received at baptism. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Apostles and Bishops, who are their successors, hand on to the baptized the special gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, courage, reverence and fear of the Lord, promised by Christ the Lord and poured out upon the Apostles in Pentecost. Thus the initiation in the Christian life is completed so that believers are strengthened by power from Heaven, made true witnesses of Christ in word and deed and are bound more closely to the Church. They are strengthened to glorify God at Mass, partake in the sacraments and go out and proclaim the word to the world. Decree of Pope Paul VI, 8/22/71 The rites, Rite of Confirmation, page 289.
Why do I need these graces? Because grace is God’s Life!
When you are baptized you receive grace within your soul for the 1st time. At baptism, through grace, we are made a member of God’s family. In the sacrament of Confirmation, God is calling you to go deeper and become a Christian Soldier!
Life presents many challenges and temptations both spiritually and physically. Are you ready? None of us are ready without God’s help. So come, learn & prepare, and allow God to wrap his armor around you to help you fight the good fight.
Remember, Our true and most important purpose in life is… To Get to Heaven! Heaven is the goal and we need all the help we can get as we can’t do it on our own. We need God’s help! We need grace! We need a savior! We hope to see you there!
Any questions? Please contact the parish office @ 715-423-1251