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Confirmation

Youth Confirmation 2021 Registration Now Open!

Confirmation 2021 will look different than years past. Sessions will be 100% virtual as of right now. We are open to the idea of providing in-person sessions for those interested (not mandatory) if the opportunity arises, but we are not there now. 

Confirmation will start in January and meet (virtually) every Sunday afternoon until the end of May. In addition to participating in every virtual session, teens are also required to complete; 5 hours of community service, 3 sponsor check-in forms, attend 2 virtual Life Nights and a partridge in a pear tree... We have to have some humor these days... Fun Fact: the meaning behind that popular Christmas song line is a reference to Jesus. A Partridge is a bird who would sacrifice its life to save its children. 

Anyway, if your 9th - 12th grade student is interested in a 100% virtual confirmation program for 2021, please register below. If you would rather wait for next year, that is an option for you as well. Please register your teen by December 20th.

Please read the parent packet and then fill out the online registration form.

 Email Nicole Lehning with questions. Nicole@saintteresacalcutta.org

 

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.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

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:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

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).

 

High School Confirmation

Confirmation 2021 Registration is now open! Please contact Nicole Lehning with questions.

 

Adult Confirmation

For information on adult Confirmation, please contact Mary Williams.

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)