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.
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:
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).
Parent/Youth Orientation Session – Sunday Night April 22nd 6:30-8pm down in the Church Hall. Contact Debby Weidner to RSVP or for more information
This year youth must be the age of 15 by February 1st, 2019 to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation for the Sacrament assumes that it is part of an ongoing step in a young person’s faith journey, so there is an expectation that those who come to do final preparation for the Sacrament have been actively learning about and practicing their faith prior to participating in the parish Sacramental Preparation Program.
Confirmation preparation here at Holy Innocents begins after Easter with an orientation for parents and potential candidates. Letters go out inviting those who the parish knows are eligible for the first time. The class then meets once in May and has an evening of reflection called the “Summer Send Off” in June. Over the summer, candidates are asked to complete a small handbook with their sponsor which involves 3 conversations. In September there is an overnight “Kick-Off” retreat; a field trip to the Real Life Exhibit in October and a field trip to St.James Cathedral in November. In addition, there are 8 sessions which are held twice a month on Sunday evenings.
The preparation culminates with a weekend retreat in mid-January and the Celebration of Confirmation is often celebrated before Lent.
Sessions explore what makes us Catholic and how do we live our faith in our daily lives, scripture reflection, prayer and time with their sponsors. Another strong component of the process provides the candidates an opportunity to explore their God-given strengths through the use of Gallup’s Clifton Strengthsfinders. Candidates take the Strengths Assessment to discover their top 5 signature themes. Time is built into most sessions and the retreats to help unpack and explore this powerful tool while connecting it to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and God’s call in our lives.