Confirmation is the third Sacrament of Initiation in the Roman Catholic Church. Confirmation is the Sacrament in which the baptized are strengthened by the Holy Spirit in order to bear witness to Christ and prepare to take on the role of a disciple.
"Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit." - John 14:16
Just as Baptism gives new life, Eucharist nourishes life, and Reconciliation restores life when it is broken, Confirmation strengthens that life by the gifts of the Holy Spirit (cf. CCC 1285). Confirmation is about strengthening what God has given, and continues to give, to his sons and daughters (cf. CCC 1302-1303). Confirmation establishes the beginning—not the end or “graduation”—of a life of full, and active participation, and responsibility in the Church.
To confirm means to strengthen. In Confirmation, our faith is deepened and strengthened. Sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, we more perfectly become the image of God.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists five effects of Confirmation:
· It roots us more deeply in the divine filiation [as sons of God] which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!”
· 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.
YOUTH PREPARING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
The St. Bernard Youth Confirmation Preparation Program prepares candidates to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation as part of their ongoing faith journey. The opportunities for service, personal growth, and faith-building will allow candidates to connect with their parish, the community, to use the gifts of the Spirit in witnessing their faith, and demonstrate their sincere desire to be confirmed.
The Confirmation process begins early in the 7th-grade and the celebration of the Sacrament is in May of the candidate’s 7th-grade year. Confirmation preparations are facilitated through St. Bernard School religion classes, the Family Faith Formation classes, several Sponsor/Candidate Sessions, a Team Day and a Retreat Day.
All forms and information for the 2019-20 School year will be available soon .
Should you have any questions feel free to contact Cyndi Marlow, Faith Formation Coordinator at the parish office, 239-5178 ext 125.
Practicing Catholic adults and high school youth who have received First Eucharist and First Reconciliation but are lacking only the Sacrament of Confirmation, should contact Cyndi Marlow in the parish office to arrange a tailored program to prepare them for the Sacrament.