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Confirmation

While Baptism is the sacrament of new life, Confirmation gives birth to that life.  Baptism initiates us into the church and names us a children of God, whereas Confirmation calls us forth as God's children and unites us more fully to the actifve messianic mission of Christ in the world.

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing with Sacred Chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

The Adolescent Confirmation Program at Queen of Peace is designed for junior high students who have

  • been baptized Catholic and
  • have received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharisst and
  • participate in the Sacramental life of the Church and
  • are enrolled in religious education classes at Queen of Peace or other Catholic parish

Confirmation Preparation consists of completing the 7th & 8th grade classroom components of Christology, Sacraments, Church History & Morality, Alive in Christ, Decision Point, and Confirmation Workbook written by Bishop Rhoades, and participating in several out-of-classroom activities such as the Parish Bazaar, Theology of the Body, the diocesan Confirmation Rally, a Confirmation Retreat and other service activities.  Parents are required to attend a parent session in 7th and 8th grade, and highly encouraged to assist in out-of-classroom activities. 

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)