What is Confirmation?

The Sacrament of Confirmation…

Welcomes us and deepens our belonging to the faith community

  1. Confirmation is linked to Baptism and Eucharist as one of the three Sacraments of Initiation.
  2. Confirmation is part of our initiation into the Faith Community.
  3. Confirmation honors the spiritual maturity of the individual.

Scripture to consider:  Galatians 3:26-29

Reflection question:  How has your Baptism shaped your life?

Deepens our relationship to God as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  1. Confirmation is part of the welcoming initiation of God the Father.
  2. Confirmation unites us more firmly to Christ.
  3. Confirmation strengthens us with the Holy Spirit.

Scripture to consider:  Matthew 3:13-17

Reflection question:  How has the Spirit been present in your life?

Strengthens us as disciples

  1. Confirmation empowers us to witness to our faith.
  2. Confirmation links us to the ministry of Christ and mission of the Church.
  3. Confirmation initiates young people into the adventure of discipleship.
  4. Preparation for Confirmation is part of conversion that includes celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Scripture to consider:  Acts 2:1-4

Reflection question:  The Apostles were strengthened with the Spirit to proclaim the Good News of Jesus.  How have you been a witness to Jesus’ presence in the world?

Is a celebration of the community of faith.

  1. Confirmation joins us to the ministering community.
  2. Confirmation is received by individuals and celebrated as a community.
  3. Preparation awakens a sense of belonging to the universal Church and local parish.
  4. Preparation includes a sponsor who represents the wider faith community.
  5. Preparation provides an opportunity to partner with families as communities of faith.

Scripture to consider:  1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27

Reflection question:  What is the gift that you bring to this parish community?  How have you been blessed by the gifts of others in your faith community?

  • A Sacrament is part of the way that God loves us and calls us.  A Sacrament is God’s love, expressed as a free, underserved gift – it is a sign of God’s love for us.

The Gift within Confirmation is that of strengthening us for discipleship and deepening our belonging to the faith community through the Trinity.

  • God uses visible signs to communicate invisibles love.  To communicate God’s love, God uses our senses:  eyes, ears, touch, smell, and taste, and the elements of our world.

In Confirmation, the signs we will celebrate include being anointed with oil, the laying on of hands as we remember the waters of Baptism, and the nourishment of Eucharist.

  • God calls and invites; we respond.  An attitude of openness communicates a “yes” to God’s invitation to a deeper relationship.  The “yes” does not mean we know we will always be faithful or that we are worthy of the fit.  “Yes” means that we are open to be strengthened by God who calls and loves us.

In Confirmation, we have the opportunity to say “yes” through the various responses in the prayer.

  • The community witnesses to and celebrates the sacraments.  A sacrament is a powerful sign that God is alive and present in the world.  As Church, we are called to be sacrament, that is, to be a sign of God’s love and to be His hand and healing touch in the world.  At the same time, we celebrate the Sacraments as our most important prayer.  The community that celebrates sacraments is global, reaching to other faith communities throughout the world and joined by a common bond.  The community is also local, as a diocese or archdiocese, as a parish, and as a community of faith in families.

In Confirmation, the community witnesses our celebration and provides a sponsor who represents the love of the community for us.