Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God’s fidelity to us. Confirmation is now offered annually in our Diocese to young people in Grade 7. Contact the parish office if the youth is beyond Grade 7. Adult Confirmation is prepared for either as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, or privately with a priest or parish minister, depending on the circumstances.
Confirmation is most often associated with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Many people think of the laying on of hands, which signifies the descent of the Holy Spirit, as the central act in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The essential element, however, is the anointing of the confirmand (the person being confirmed) with chrism (an aromatic oil that has been consecrated by a bishop), accompanied by the words, “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”. This seal is a consecration, representing the safeguarding by the Holy Spirit of the graces conferred on the Christian at Baptism.