“Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.” –Acts 8:14-17
Confirmation in the Catholic Church
Confirmation is the last of the three Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church. The other two are Baptism and First Eucharist. Christian initiation begins with Baptism, and Baptism is sealed with Confirmation. The Sunday Eucharist renews both of these sacraments.
We earnestly encourage and invite all families to have their teenagers receive the sacrament of Confirmation. The Holy Spirit, bestowed in a new way in the sacrament, seals Baptism, unites us more closely to Jesus, and fills us with the gifts we need for an abundant, faith-filled and joyful life. God calls each of us to a life-long faith journey. The Church’s sacraments provide us with the spiritual grace necessary to live the Christian life.
For a brief video reflection by Archbishop Smith on the Sacrament of Confirmation, please see: https://vimeo.com/223323176.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be offered June 3, 2018.