what is confirmation and why do we need it?
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the last of the three Sacraments of Initiation. What this means is once you are confirmed, you are then accepted as a full member of the Body of Christ through his Holy Catholic Church. Confirmation is the sacrament that essentially completes baptism. It is a "full outpouring of the Holy Spirit." (CCC, 1302). St. Thomas Aquinas speaks of the movement of growth in which we as human beings "put away the things of a child" (1 Cor 13:11) and need an increase of grace in order to be strengthened in our faith. He then quotes Pope Melchiades, "In Baptism we are born again unto life; after Baptism we are strengthened." (ST III, q. 72, a. 1).
How do i go about starting the process to getting confirmed?
For Youth: Sacramental Preparation for Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) is a two school-year preparation program, which includes classroom sessions, service projects and a retreat. Confirmation for students is held every other year. *** Students must be already registered in either Youth Group or Religious Education in order to register for Confirmation classes. *** Our next classes are set to begin on January 28th and will continue on the last Sunday of every month. To register your child for confirmation classes, please use the registration form below.
For Adults: Please see the R.C.I.A. section in the Adult Faith Formation tab for more information. Adults will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during the Easter Vigil.