“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.  And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.”

Acts 2:1-4

Baptism and Confirmation could be considered, in light of their origins and history, one sacrament. Confirmation, which comprises the post-baptismal rites of anointing, the laying on of hands, and the words, “Be sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” is ratification, or sealing, of Baptism. For those who were baptized as infants, Confirmation provides an opportunity to ratify freely and deliberately what was done for them at Baptism. It helps to focus their minds and the minds of the whole community on the essential missionary dimension of the baptismal commitment.

—From Catholicism, by Richard P. McBrien. Revised and Updated. HarperSanFrancisco: San Francisco, 1993

FAQs

The Effects of Confirmation

It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1302) From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:

• It roots us more deeply in the divine filiations which make us cry, “Abba! Father”, (Rom 8:15)

• It unites us more firmly to Christ;

• It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;

• It renders our bond with the Church more perfect;

• It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross…(CCC, 1303).

Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of the Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness (CCC, 1304).

Who Can Receive this Sacrament?

Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation (Code of Canon Law, can. 889.1)  Since Baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that’ the faithful are obligated to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time (CIC, can 890)”, for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete. (CCC, 1306) (Note: Adults who have not received yet the sacraments of Confirmation and/ or Eucharist should see the RCIA section of this web page.) . Preparation for confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit–his actions, his gifts, and responsibilities of the Christian life. To this end, catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. That latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands. (CCC, 1309). To receive confirmation one must be in a state of grace. One should receive the sacrament of Penance in order to be cleansed for the gift of the Holy Spirit. More intense prayer should prepare one to receive the strength and graces of the Holy Spirit with docility and readiness to act (CCC, 1310). Candidates for Confirmation, as for Baptism, fittingly see the spiritual help of a sponsor. To emphasize the unity of the two sacraments, it is appropriate that this be one of the baptismal godparents (CCC, 1311).

How do we Celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in our Parish?

Young people, ages 12 thru 19, are prepared for this sacrament in a two-year program. For more information contact one of the Priests or call us at (507) 437-4537.

RCIA

WHAT IS THE RCIA? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a spiritual journey to find out whether one is being called to a life as a Catholic Christian. The journey is marked by landmarks of rites along the way that help each person to discover where it is that God is leading them.

Are you interested/curious about our Catholic Faith?

Do you know someone who has expressed an interest in our Catholic Faith? 

Have you thought about becoming a Catholic?

 

Have you always wanted to complete your sacraments of Initiation through the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation?

 

If you want to experience the joy of the lord in the Catholic church, we invite you to please come and speak with us.

Please contact one of the Priests or call us at (507) 437-4537.