Confirmation is one of the three Sacrament of Christian Initiation and compliments baptism by sealing and strengthening the believer to live as a child of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit. In order for one to be fully a member of the Catholic Church one needs to be baptized, confirmed, and have received First Communion.
Adult Confirmation Program - Open to all baptized adults 18 years and older. This program is an accelerated year long program. Classes are held in English on Sunday mornings & Tuesday evenings. Classes in Spanish are held on Tuesday evenings.
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This sacrament provides an increase and deepening of the grace of Baptism which increase the gifts of the Holy Spirit received in Baptism.
The Catechism provides a clear list of these specific graces in #1303:
- Roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”
- Unites us more firmly to Christ
- Increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us
- Renders our bod with the Church more perfect
- Gives us the 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.
- Be at least sixteen (16) years of age
- Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the sacrament of Holy Eucharist
- If married, must be married in the Catholic Church
- Be leading a life in harmony with the faith and role to be undertaken
- Not be bound by any canonical penalty
- Not be the mother or father of the one to be baptized. (Canon 874.2)
In additional to preparation classes one must be spiritually prepared.
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.
- Catechism, 1310
While the age for reception of Confirmation varies from one diocese to the next, the need for preparation is universal. Preparation involves general formation for the life of discipleship and specific formation leading the confirmand to a greater unity with the Church. The Catechism explains that:
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 his biddings - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life.
- Catechism 1309