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)
We do this through a 2 year cycle (Year 1 in 9th grade; Year 2 in 10th grade.) Candidates will create small faith groups which they will follow throughout the two years. Formation sessions are in three hour blocks beginning in September, group servant experiences and retreats. At Baptism, parents become the primary example and teacher of the faith for the children. For this reason, parents are integrally involved in the formation process through parent formation sessions and retreats.