When We Celebrate
High School youth preparing for Confirmation will receive the sacrament in the Summer.
Adults involved in the RCIA process receive the sacrament at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening.
About the Sacrament
"On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied." ~Acts 19:5-6
Confirmation "confirms", strengthens, and perfects baptismal grace. The laying on of hands is recognized as the origin of the sacrament and as a continuation of the grace imparted at Pentecost. Confirmation imprints an indelible character on the Christian's soul .
High School Youth (9-12 grade)
Confirmation is a one-year process for High School Youth. The youth (with the help of their parents) may choose any year of high school to participate (we recommend doing it sooner rather than later ). All of the formal catechetical preparation is combined with a summertime 'Ignite the Fire' 5-day retreat experience - offsite. It utilizes large group talks, small group discussions, fun & powerful music, drama, skits, hilarity, service, adoration and personal faith sharing. It is a fun, high energy, 100% Catholic, powerful, life-changing experience for the youth! Reception of the Sacrament will occur on the last day of the summer retreat. No monthly meetings! Instead, the youth do the following:
- Prior to the retreat, they will take part in a 2 out of 3 Antioch Youth session preparation meetings in May and June 2017.
- attend the 5-day 'Ignite the Fire' Confirmation Program, and are Confirmed.
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Adults (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults - RCIA)
RCIA is for adults who are either: a) beginning their journey toward becoming a member of the Church, or b) has not received all the sacraments of initiation. These sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. These are received at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening. More information about RCIA is available here.
Taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition:
The Bishop is the ordinary minister of this sacrament. Since Bishops continue the apostolic succession from the apostles, administration by them "clearly demonstrates the effect to unite people closer to the Church, to her apostolic origins, and to her mission of bearing witness to Christ." The Local Ordinary may give permission for priests to administer the sacrament.
The forehead is anointed with sacred chrism followed by the laying on of the minister's hands with the words, "Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit". The sacrament's connection with Baptism is expressed through the renewal of baptismal promises. The celebration of Confirmation during the Eucharist helps underline the unity of the sacraments of Christian initiation.
Please call Roberta Durbin at the parish office (317) 846-3475.