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).

Prerequisites for Confirmation:

  1. The Archdiocese of Seattle is in its first year of changing the age of Confirmation. Up until this point, youth 16 years old and actively practicing the faith (Baptized, Frist Communion, and weekly Mass Attendence) could present for Confirmation.  Now the age has been lowered to the 7th grade. 
  2. One (1) Year of ongoing religious education prior to your sacramental year (no exceptions). Must have been in ongoing religious education in the 2018- 2019 school year (Catholic School, Catholic Youth Group, or Catholic Home School).

Once Accepted:

  1. Continued active participation in the Mass!
  2. Written Letter to the Archbishop asking for permission to receive the sacrament, explaining why you want this and what it will do for you (we will discuss this in class). 
  3. Participation in 2 service projects.
  4. Participation in the Confirmation retreat.
  5. Participation in the progrram. No unexcused absences - if 4 or more classes are missed, you will need to meet with the DRE to discuss your readiness to receive the sacrament. 

Now accepting 2019/2020 registrations for Confirmation! 7-12th Grade students with their pre-requisite year of Confirmation completed are eligible for this year-Registration Closes on Sept. 22, 2019

For Adult Confirmation, please call Michael Peters in the Office of Religious Education 206.232.9829 x.133.  Adult Confirmation works within the RCIA program.  Classes to Start in October. 

 

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

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