Sacrament of Confirmation
St. Thomas More Church Confirmation and First Communion Dates
At the direction of Bishop Bergie, Confirmations and First Communion Masses scheduled for May and June have been postponed indefinitely. We will be rescheduling First Communion Masses as soon as we are able and Bishop Bergie will address the rescheduling of Confirmation as soon as he is able. We will be in touch with all families with rescheduling information through the School Messenger system once they have it to provide.
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.