Sacrament of Confirmation
Bishop Gerard Bergie led us in prayer for the Holy Spirit to descend upon our newly confirmed:
Loretto Catholic School
Gianna Agasucci, Abriel Albert, Elisha Amer, Marco Balog, Madison Bower, Nathan Carter, Daniela Caruso,
Francesca Cavezza, Christian Chambers, Jonah Cukierski, Emma Damato, Dinnis Datahan, Peyton Dever,
Maddex Fabiano, Isabella Factor, Elwood Horn, Nicholas Ioannoni, Samantha Jones, Christina Juliano, Julia Kowalczyk, Alyssa Linza, Lily Lococo, Gianluca Malvaso, Daniel Mancuso, Jason Mayfield, Makenzie Moore, Charlize Newport,
David Nowak, Tanner Nurton, Trevor Nurton, Aleksander Orsini, Jade Padilla, Axell Panganiban, Marco Panunto, Cristian Parada, Ava Pasto, Zachary Petrecca, Nathan Procopio, Jacob Shannon, Ethan Smith
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School
Gregory Bertone-Doughty, Isabella Carbonara, Beatriz Cordero, Ashlyn Fehr, Amanda Guerin, Tyler Holowachuk,
Claire Irwin, Grace-Ann Kochan, Jayse Maure, Keisha Panti, Michael Peters, Kendall Rae, Briana Santivanez,
Julia Schwegler, Nya Thomas, Diana Tries
Saturday Sacrament Preparation
Gabriela Dudek, Carlo Vescio
St. John Henry Newman
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.