Confirmation

Confirmation is celebrated by young adults in the 10th grade following a two-year preparation program.  Enrollment in Senior Youth Ministry begins in August.

Confirmation is the middle sacrament of the three sacraments of initiation.  Baptism celebrates entrance into the family of God, into Christ's body, the Church.  It is a dying to the old life of sin and a rising to the new life of grace.  Confirmation celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit, that indwelling of God in each person which joins them to Christ, head and members.  Eucharist is the completion of initiation.  Of the three, it is ongoing, celebrated again and again, which is to say that is is never fully completed.  It is the perpetual eating and drinking of God, being in communion with Christ, and joining in his sacrificial self-offering for the salvation of the world.

"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.  In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is 'sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit' and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ."  (United States Catholic Catechism)

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