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Confirmation

confirmationJesus promised the apostles that he would give them the courage they needed to face any fears about serving him. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). It was a promise Jesus kept. As the disciples were gathered together in fear in the upper room at the time of the feast of Pentecost they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and with great courage and conviction went forth to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.

The word confirmation means a "strengthening." Confirmation confers the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we need to be witnesses to Christ in our daily lives. The Holy Spirit comes and strengthens those gifts we received at baptism. We are called to use these strengthened through the power of the Holy Spirit to go forth and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by anointing with chrism on the forehead. In the Gospels there are many examples of Jesus healing people with his touch. When the women with the hemorrhage touched Jesus’ cloak she was healed of her affliction and Jesus experienced power going out of him. That power, that spirit, healed and strengthened the woman. We too are strengthened by this symbolic touching by the priest during the confirmation rite. Chrism is olive oil mixed with balsam that has been consecrated by the Bishop. The oil since ancient times has been a symbol of strength; the perfume is a symbol of the “fragrance of Christ” which the Catholic Christian must spread. The word “Messiah” and “Christ” both mean “Anointed One.” The Israelites anointed priests and as a sign that they were chosen by God. Like them we are chosen by God. And like them, we are each being anointed or chosen by God for a purpose.

Adults who have just been baptized receive confirmation and the Eucharist immediately. Our faith community normally confers the initiation sacraments during the Easter Vigil.  For information regarding the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) contact d6f217d61e281b1cf3d823171f222a25f0fa1b17192524292a1b2c1b24f61b29261f281f2a2b2917242a25e41919d8d62a17281d1b2af3d8151822172421d8f4fa1b17192524d6092a1b2c1b24f2e517f4e2dc24182926f1 7hf5bBuO3rtACjQFMf9WjlDZcRHczzk caesar This page part is protected against spam bots and web crawlers. In order to be displayed you need to enable Javascript in your browser, and then reload the page. Director of Adult Faith Formation.

Children, after having attended a comprehensive Religious Education program, are confirmed at age 13 or older. For additional information contact 58749958a0aa9d9e755aa599a1a4aca7729da4a49da6789daba8a1aaa1acadab99a6aca7669b9b5a767da4a49da65882a7a69dab746799766458 DepZIz50kIaMksyjqiOTW2hWbIZznnZ caesar This page part is protected against spam bots and web crawlers. In order to be displayed you need to enable Javascript in your browser, and then reload the page. Director of Religious Education.

Sacraments

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Door of the Church
reconciliation-stained-glass-1 Reconciliation
Living the Truth
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Receiving the Holy Spirit
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Body and Blood
anointing-stained-glass Anointing
of the Sick

Bringing Strength
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Union of Two Souls
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Ordination of Clergy
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