“In this sacrament [those who have been baptized] receive the Holy Spirit
whom the Lord sent upon the apostles on Pentecost.
This giving of the Holy Spirit conforms believers more fully to Christ
and strengthens them so that they may bear witness to Christ
for the building up of his Body in faith and love.”
– Introduction to the Rite of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation
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. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285
Confirmation bestows the special seal or mark of the Holy Spirit. It gives those receiving the special spiritual energy to make Jesus known in the world, and the courage to live the way Jesus would like them to live.
It is customary for children in 8th grade to receive this sacrament. Diocesan policy states that children must be enrolled in two consecutive years of religious education (PSR classes or attend Catholic School) to participate. Parents and children are to also participate in the parish sponsored sacrament preparation program. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated every year at St. Joseph's. Preparation meetings for parents and candidates, practice, and celebration are to be determined.
Sponsors for Confirmation:
Traditionally one person is chosen to be a sponsor for Confirmation. This person must be at least 16 years of age, baptized, confirmed and a practicing active Catholic. Please keep in mind a parent may not be a sponsor for their child.
Confirmation February 28, 2016 at St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown, Ohio
This year’s Sacrament of Confirmation will be held on Sunday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora. The candidates will be recognized during the 11:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, March 26.