Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Faith, along with Baptism and Holy Eucharist.
It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
— it roots us more deeply in our relationship with God the Father as His sons & daughters;
— 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.
Pope John Paul II in his weekly catechesis said,
The grace conferred by the Sacrament of Confirmation is more specifically a gift of strength. This gift corresponds to the need for greater zeal in facing the ‘spiritual battle’ of faith and charity in order to resist temptation and give the witness of Christian word and deed to the world with courage, fervor and perseverance. This zeal is conferred by the Holy Spirit. (L’osservatore Romano, 8 Apr 92. Summa Theol. III, q.72, a.5)
Our Lady of Grace traditionally offers the Sacrament of Confirmation in the 8th grade year or at age 14 or older. Teens wishing to complete their sacraments of initiation may obtain more information HERE.
Adults wishing to start preparation for Confirmation should contact our Director of Adult Catechesis, Amanda Mast at email@example.com.
We look forward to having you join us in this journey of sacramental and personal preparation!