Confirmation

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

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. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)

 

 
Sr Armella
(859) 689-5010, ext 225
 

Deacon Greg (Adult Confirmation)
(859) 689-5010, ext 223

 

Confirmation Documents

Confirmation Handbook
Schedule
Christian Service
Choosing a Sponsor
Choosing a Confirmation Name
Sponsor Verification Form
Candidate Information Form
Confirmation Video

 

What are the form and matter of the Rite?

In continuity with the New Testament custom of laying hands on those who would receive the gift of the Spirit, the bishop extends his two hands over all those to be confirmed. He recites a prayer that begs the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the seven gifts traditionally associated with the Spirit. The Sacrament is conferred through the anointing with Chrism on the forehead, the laying on of hands, and through the words “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

What is Sacred Chrism?

During Holy Week (the week before Easter), the bishop consecrates the sacred Chrism during the course of the Chrism Mass. At this Mass, the entire Diocese comes together to celebrate and receive the oils from the bishop. These oils are then used by the parishes and institutions throughout the next year. Chrism is a perfumed oil and is used by the Church at Baptisms, Confirmation, and to anoint a newly ordained priest’s hands.

Who should receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Each baptized person not yet confirmed can, and should, receive the Sacrament. In our parish, it is customary to confer the sacrament during the Sophomore year of High School.

What is the mission of the confirmed?

Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, work places, and in our world. Through confirmation, our personal relationship with Jesus Christ becomes strengthened. Confirmation strengthens us to act upon the commission each of us receives at the end of every Mass: Go in peace glorifying the Lord by your life!

Why do I choose a confirmation name?

The connection between Confirmation and Baptism is reflected in the choosing of a name by which the candidate will be confirmed; especially when the chosen name is one of the names by witch the candidate was baptized. If a saint’s name was not given at baptism, then it is appropriate that a saint’s name be chosen for confirmation

How should candidates for Confirmation be prepared?

Our parish offers an extended preparation program for our young adults preparing for confirmation. Catechesis for Confirmation strives to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church.

Why do we not receive Confirmation more than once?

Confirmation, like Baptism and Holy Orders, imprints a spiritual mark, or indelible character on the Christian’s soul. For this reason, one can receive this Sacrament only once.