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The Sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted the apostles on the day of Pentecost. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation, perfecting Baptismal grace.
The Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life… The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.
Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
it roots us more deeply in the divine relationship 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!
Although Confirmation is sometimes called the ‘sacrament of Christian maturity’, we must not confuse adult faith with the age of natural growth, nor forget that the baptismal grace is a grace of free, unmerited election and does not need to ‘ratification’ to become effective.
At John the Baptist Catholic Church we strive to ensure formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation awakens a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ while drawing the candidates into a more intimate union with Christ and the Holy Spirit – so they might bring Good News to the afflicted; bind the broken-hearted; proclaim liberty to the captives; and comfort those who mourn. (Isaiah 61:1, abbreviated)
Formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a 2-year process in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
Year 1 is the Inquiry phase, during which the young person becomes better acquainted with the Catholic Church; hears the Good News; and reflects on their personal journey.
Year 2 is the Catechumenate phase. Initial conversion is deepened. The young person comes to know more and more deeply the love of God in their own lives as they prepare themselves to receive the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation I (Inquiry) and II (Catechumenate) will be offered on Sunday evenings; 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm. Confirmation classes begin early September and end early May. Candidates and their families are encouraged to attend the 5:30 pm Sunday Mass.
Fees for Confirmation programs are: $75 for Confirmation I and $125 for Confirmation II. These fees include all lesson materials, retreats, High School Youth Group and robes for Confirmation II.