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Confirmation

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).

Confirmation Program 2021 - 2022

This year ONLY we will be offering two confirmation programs in response to the Archdiocese of Seattle lowering the age of Confirmation to 7th grade. If your child will be older than 7th grade in the 2022 - 2023 school year, they need to be confirmed this year. Confirmation is intended for 7th grade students starting in the 2022 - 2023 school year.

Both Confirmation programs for this year will begin in January and run through June. Teens will be split into two groups and meet on different days depending on their age.

Registration for confirmaiton 2022 is now closed.

Looking for Small Group Leaders!

I am currenlty in need of adult small group leaders for both groups. If you have been looking for a way to give back and help young people in their faith journey this could be for you! Please email me to see if this ministry would be a good fit. nicole@saintteresacalcutta.org

 

High School Confirmation

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)