Confirmation

“The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God’s Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission.  Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John.  Jesus’ entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit.  Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church.  After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.

Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world….. We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.”  USCCB

Baptism, the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, whose unity must be safeguarded.  For by the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are 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 a two-year catechetical program overseen by the Director of Parish Christian Formation, Kevin Cummings.  It begins in 8th grade and runs through the entire 9th grade.  Adults eighteen or older should call Deacon Manuel Trujillo to complete their sacraments.