At confirmation the gifts of the Holy Spirit we receive at Baptism are increased and we confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)
Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:
Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)
Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.
Confirmation is the sacrament that seals the recipient with the Holy Spirit and bestows gifts that enable the confirmed Christian to live courageously for Jesus Christ. Eighth graders participate in a year-long sacramental preparation program that begins in the Spring of 7th grade and culminates with the celebration of Confirmation the following spring. Adults wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact the parish office at 440-871-1100 for information about the Adult Confirmation Preparation Program.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)
Info For Current Youth Confirmation Candidates
- What is Confirmation
- The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Overview and General Info about Confirmation Preparation
- Choosing a Sponsor and a Name
- Encountering Christ - Works of Mercy Activity and Reflections
Dr. Ed Hackett
Director of Youth Ministry and Confirmation (8th grade up to age 17)
For Adult Confirmation, please call parish office at 440-871-1100.