The sacrament of Confirmation builds on the sacraments of Baptism, Penance, and Holy Communion, completing the process of initiation into the Catholic community. The Solemnity of Pentecost, celebrated 50 days after Easter, was when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, giving them the courage and wisdom to go forth and spread the Gospel to all the ends of the earth, just as those who are confirmed will be able to do. Parish youth go through a process of preparation for Confirmation and are confirmed by the diocesan bishop at a special Mass. The essential rite of Confirmation is anointing the forehead with sacred chrism, together with the laying on of hands and the words: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit imparted at Confirmation are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
For more information, contact Shane Reinbold, Catechesis Coordinator for middle & high school, Confirmation and young adults.