Adult Confirmation

Fr. Paul prays over Linda just prior to her Confirmation

Confirmation

What is the Sacrament of Confirmation, and why should I really want it?

The roots of the Sacrament of Confirmation are firmly planted in the Book of Acts.  There, on the day of Pentecost the apostles and disciples of the Lord Jesus received a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Confirmation “completes the grace of Baptism”.  These gifts of the Holy Spirit seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. CCC  These gifts are for the strengthening of the individual in the Christian life, and for the witness of that life lived in love and service to the whole world.  The purpose of the Church is to call souls to Christ, the Son who has redeemed the whole world.

 

WHAT THE SACRAMENT CONFERS.  Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1285 “Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.89 For “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. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”

WHO IS ELIGIBLE.  Adult confirmation is offered in our parish in two ways.  First, if you are an unbaptized person or a Christian baptized but uncatechized (need more formation) person from another faith tradition, the parish offers the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or the RCIA. Secondly, for baptized practicing Roman Catholics who have already received First Holy Communion, Adult Confirmation Preparation classes are offered once or twice a year through the Office of Evangelization here at the parish. Adult candidates who are already Roman Catholic receive the sacrament at the Cathedral from the Bishop or when he visits the parish for our youth confirmation.  This is offered in the spring or in the fall.  If you would like to prepare to receive this sacrament, please contact Rita at 332-1863.

2015 Spring  Adult Confirmation

If you are a practicing Roman Catholic who has received the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, but not Confirmation, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary/St. Leo Parishes offers formation.  Six 90-minute sessions will be offered.  For more information and to enroll, contact Rita Pender at 332-1863 or use the Contact Us form below by August 29.  Time and place will be decided based upon enrollment.

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