The sacrament of confirmation
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, 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. A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs (Catechism 1316–1317, 1319).
Confirmation Preparation at OLQH:
- Preparation begins in the ninth grade with the a two-year program where the students go through the Chosen program, a Catechism-based Confirmation preparation program, take part in a retreat, and do 8 volunteer hours for church, family, and community, and attend Mass each Sunday.
- Classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:20–8:30 pm. Dates are in the church bulletin. If you need to sign your son/daughter up, please contact the parish office and we will send you the paperwork.
- There will be an orientation meeting for both parents and students on September 8, 2021 at 6:00 PM for grade 9 and at 7:30 PM for grade 10. All classes will begin on September 15, 2021.
- If you are a baptized Catholic who has never been confirmed, or a baptized non-Catholic Christian looking to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, check out our RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Please contact the pastor or parish office for more information.
What is the importance of Confirmation? Saint Pope Paul VI writes about the "specific importance of Confirmation for sacramental initiation, by which the faithful as members of the living Christ are incorporated into him and conformed to him through Baptism and through Confirmation and the Eucharist. In Baptism, the newly baptized receive forgiveness of sins, adoption as children of God, and the character of Christ, by which they are made members of the Church and for the first time become sharers in the priesthood of their Savior. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation those who have been born anew in Baptism receive the ineffable Gift, the Holy Spirit himself, by whom they are endowed with special strength. Moreover, having been signed with the character of this Sacrament, they are more perfectly bound to the Church and they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith, both by word and by deed, as true witnesses of Christ. Finally, Confirmation is so closely linked with the Holy Eucharist that the faithful, after being signed by Holy Baptism and Confirmation, are incorporated fully into the Body of Christ through participation in the Eucharist (Saint Paul VI, Apostolic Constitution Divinae Consortium Naturae).
What is the effect of Confirmation? The effect of Confirmation is a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit like that of Pentecost. This outpouring impresses on the soul an indelible character and produces a growth in the grace of Baptism. It roots the recipient more deeply in divine sonship, binds him more firmly to Christ and to the Church and reinvigorates the gifts of the Holy Spirit in his soul. It gives a special strength to witness to the Christian faith (Compendium, 268).
Who can receive Confirmation? Only those already baptized can and should receive this sacrament which can be received only once. To receive Confirmation efficaciously the candidate must be in the state of grace (Compendium, 269).
For further reading...
For more information on Confirmation, consider reading the following:
- The Holy Spirit by Peter Kreeft (Catholic Information Service) [PDF]
- Baptism and Confirmation by Peter Kreeft (Catholic Information Service) [PDF]
- The Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Father Peter John Cameron, OP (Catholic Information Service) [PDF]
- The Sacrament of Confirmation by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila [HTML]
- Saint Paul VI, Apostolic Constitution Divinae Consortium Naturae [PDF]