The sacrament of Confirmation completes what was begun in Baptism. It is usually given during the teenage years. Through the anointing and laying of hands, the person who is confirmed receives the Holy Spirit and the seal of Christ.
The sacrament is usually performed by a bishop who uses the following words:
“All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by water and the Holy Spirit
you freed your sons and daughters from sin
and gave them new life.
Send your Holy Spirit upon them do
to be their helper and guide.
Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of right judgment and courage,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence.
Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. “
Requirements for adolescent confirmation include:
- Regular participation in the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist
- A period to study the principles of the Catholic faith
- Demonstrating understanding of the Catholic faith
- Confirming belief and acceptance of the teachings of Jesus Christ
For more information contact the church at 651-437-7498.