The Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation for teens: Confirmation for high school freshmen and sophomores is celebrated every other year at St. Patrick. Those who wish to be confirmed will participate in the preparation classes which are folded into the Religious Education classes for Teens, called CREW, Christ Renews Everyone's World. Baptism preparation for teens can be arranged on request.
Parish Office, 367-2665
Adults seeking Confirmation go through the RCIA or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Frances Drone-Silvers, 398-1458
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
"Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the Spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God our Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your heart"
In the Latin Rite (i.e. Western Catholic Church), the sacrament is to be conferred on the faithful at about the age of discretion (generally taken to be about 7, but most people are confirmed at ages 14–15).
The sacrament is customarily conferred only on people old enough to understand it, and the ordinary minister of Confirmation is a bishop.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church sees as a scriptural basis for Confirmation as a sacrament distinct from Baptism the account in the Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17:
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.