Sacrament of Confirmation
Congratulations to our students who were confirmed by Bishop Gerard Bergie last week! Our prayer is that they are filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, these young adults will be faithful witnesses to Christ. May God bless and guide each of them! And may we be there to support them in prayer and encouragement.
Through our baptism we were first initiated into the Church, becoming a member of God's family and heirs to heaven. The Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—cameodwell within us. Baptism, however, is only the first of what we call the three “sacraments of initiation”: baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. The sacrament of confirmation completes our initiation into the Church, making us full members of the Church. This special, “once-in-a-lifetime” sacrament is meant to deepen our relationship with Christ and his Church and to celebrate the presence and action of the Holy Spirit within us and within the Church.
Confirmation harkens back to the original experience of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came down on the infant Church and empowered it to carry on the life and mission of Jesus. Confirmation is our special Pentecost, when we receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We receive the seven-fold gifts of the Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgement, Knowledge, Courage, Reverence, and Wonder and Awe. We also receive the fruits of the Spirit: Charity, Faith (Fidelity), Joy, Modesty, Generosity, Goodness, Peace, Patience, Self-Control, Chastity, Endurance, and Mildness. Armed with these gifts and fruits of the Spirit, like the Apostles, we are “sent” forth to bring the Gospel to a waiting and needy world. A great challenge and a great privilege.
The sacrament of confirmation is celebrated during grade eight. Instruction takes place within the class room. Students are asked to do some community work, practice their faith regularly, and participate in a retreat during the year.
Children who attend Public School prepare for the sacrament through classes offered at the Church. Parents are also asked to be actively involved in their child's preparation.