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. ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace..."By the sacrament of Confirmation (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. --CCC, no. 1285, citing LG, no. 11
If you are a Catholic Adult, attending Mass, but have never been confirmed, we can help you complete the sacramental process. Please contact Michael Smith. Adult Confirmation is celebrated during the Easter Vigil or at the Cathedral during the Easter season (depending on your specific situation).
Youth Confirmation-Since Confirmation is a Sacrament that MUST be entered into willingly by those wishing to receive it, a solid preparation is usually needed as a guide. Our parish Confirmation Preparation classes seek to insure our young people have the needed knowledge to make an informed decision about accepting the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The preparation for Youth Confirmation is a two-year process which is mandated by the Diocese. There are four Confirmation Preparation retreats which are held on scheduled Saturday's. Sponsors of those to be confirmed are invited and encouraged to attend and take part in our sessions.
Click on the following links for complete information and forms.
How Confirmation Works at SEAS
Confirmation Prep. Info sheet
Confirmation Candidate info sheet
Conformation Sponsor form
Confirmation Service hours record