The Sacrament of Confirmation
"Being 'sealed with the Spirit' means not being afraid to stand up for Christ, letting the truth of the Gospel permeate the way we see, think and act, as we work for the triumph of the civilization of love." - Benedict XVI, Message for World Youth Day, 2008
God strengthens our souls also through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Even though Jesus' disciples received grace before his Resurrection, on Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to strengthen them with new graces for the difficult work ahead. Then they went out and preached the Gospel fearlessly and carried out the mission Christ had given them. Later, they laid hands on others to strengthen them as well (Acts 8:14-17). Through Confirmation you too are strengthened to meet the spiritual challenges in your life.
The Sacrament of Confirmation completes our Baptismal graces, and fully initiates us into the discipleship of Christ and His Church. Our hope is that sacramental formation within our Parish will prepare our youth to receive all the graces the Holy Spirit wants to give them.
It is critical that our youth are adequately prepared to receive the abundant graces found in the Sacrament of Confirmation. At Epiphany Parish, Confirmation formation takes place in our at the 8th Grade level. Home School families are free to follow formation materials approved by the Diocese and then incorporate their children in our parish sacramental celebration.
To receive the Sacrament of Confirmation for the first time as an adult, please contact the pastor so that we can help prepare you for this grace filled moment. Typically adults in need of Confirmation will join our adults involved with RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) at the Easter Vigil.
More information about Confirmation can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1285-1321).