Confirmation

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

 

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)

 

 

Please Note: Confirmation represents the fullness of Christian Initiation. Our candidates begin their two-year preparation in the 7th grade as part of our on going Religious Education program. Required elements include instruction, Mass attendance, service and attendance at workshops and retreat days. Confirmation is celebrated for 8th grade students.

Confirmation will be held in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish on April 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm in St. Mary's Church.

Mandatory Meeting for Parents of Children receiving Confirmation will be held Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the School Auditorium.

Mandatory Retreat for students will be on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at La Buona Vita (Formerally The Parish Center) 

Practice Dates will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 and Friday April 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm for students only and Sunday, April 22, 2018 for Students and Sponsors.

 Debbie Rebar - 570-489-3447, School Coordinator and Lisa Murphy - 570-604-4145, C.C.D. Coordinator.

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