Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ. The Sacrament of Confirmation confers special graces of the Holy Spirit upon the person being confirmed, just as such graces were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost. Like Baptism, therefore, it can only be performed once, and Confirmation increases and deepens all of the graces granted at Baptism.
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.
At Saint Joseph Parish, seventh-grade students begin preparing in the Spring to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in December of their eighth-grade year.
2017 Confirmation Information
Dates to Remember:
Confirmation Practice- Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Church. Candidates and sponsors must attend. If a sponsor cannot attend, a parent must fill in and inform the sponsor prior to the Confirmation.
Confirmation- Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. in the Church. Seating for students and sponsors will be assigned at the front of the church in the reserved sections.
There will not be assigned seats for parents/families!
You will need to choose your own seats upon arrival. Thank you for your cooperation!
All candidates should arrive at 3:15 p.m. in Nolan Hall. There will be a meeting for the candidates with Abbot Hoover at this time.
Dress Code for Confirmation:
No Jeans or tennis shoes
They will be processing in from the back of the church, which means they will be walking outside
Boys- Collared dress shirt with tie, dark dress pants, and dress shoes. Jacket recommended
Girls- Dress or skirt of modest length (no short skirts), no strapless tops, no spaghetti straps or bare shoulder. Sweaters or shrugs can be worn if needed
Abbot Hoover will be there as a representative of Bishop Perez, please dress appropriately!
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