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What is Confirmation?

Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.

The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God’s Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John. Jesus’ entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.

The New Testament reports many manifestations of the Holy Spirit, two of which we note here. St. John’s Gospel describes an outpouring of the Spirit on Easter night when Jesus breathed on the Apostles and said, “Receive the holy Spirit” (Jn 20:22). St. Luke’s Acts of the Apostles gives another account of the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ (cf. Acts 2). Filled with the Holy Spirit, the Apostles proclaimed God’s mighty deeds. Peter preached that this coming of the Spirit fulfilled the prophecy of Joel: “In the last days . . . I will pour out a portion of my spirit / upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17; cf. Jl 3:1).

Those who believed in the Apostles’ preaching were baptized and received the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands. The Apostles baptized believers in water and the Spirit. Then they imparted the special gift of the Spirit through the laying on of hands. “The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church” (CCC, no. 1288, citing Pope Paul VI, Divinae Consortium Naturae, no. 659).

By the second century, Confirmation was also conferred by anointing with holy oil, which came to be called sacred Chrism. “This anointing highlights the name ‘Christian,’ which means ‘anointed’ and derives from that of Christ himself whom God ‘anointed with the Holy Spirit’” (CCC, no. 1289, citing Acts 10:38).


Procedure for Confirmation of High School Students


Procedure for Confirmation of Adult Catholics RCIA

Confirmation 1

Confirmation 2

Confirmation 1 & 2 Calendar  2016-2017
All sessions begin with Mass at 5:30 pm and end at 8 pm                                        

Oct 16 Session 3
Oct 19 High School Youth Group Bonfire - Facebook.com/SJBYM
Oct 25 Middle School Youth Group - 6:30 to 8 in the Youth Room
Oct 29 Archdiocesan Youth Day - Register with Adam by Sept 30! 
Nov 2  Adoration in the Chapel  - 7:30 to 9 in the Youth Room
Nov 4-5  C1 Retreat @ SJB
Nov 6  Session 4
Nov 11-13 C2 Retreat@ ARC Retreat Center
Nov 16 Senior High Formation: Temperance - 7:30 to 9 in the Youth Room
Nov 29 Middle School Youth Group - 6:30 to 8 in the Youth Room
Nov 30 Senior High Men’s/ Women’s night - 7:30 to 9 in the Youth Room
Dec 4   Session 5
Dec 7   Adoration in the Chapel - 7:30 to 9 in the Youth Room
Dec 9   Middle School Lock-in / Retreat@ SJB  7 pm to 12:30am
Dec 11 Session 6  - Safe Environment
Dec 18 Communal Penance - 3:30
Dec 21 Senior High Christmas Party - 7:30 to 9 in the Youth Room
Jan 4    Adoration in the Chapel - 7:30 to 9 in Youth Room
Jan 8    Session 7
Jan 18  Senior High Formation: Fortitude - 7:30 to 9 in the Youth Room
Jan 22  Session 8
Jan 25-29 March for Life in DC
Jan 31 Middle School Youth Group - 6:30 to 8 in the Youth Room
Feb 1   Adoration in the Chapel - 7:30 to 9 in the Youth Room
Feb 12 Session 9
Feb 15 Tubing @ Elm Creek
Feb 22 Senior High Men’s/Women’s Night - 7:30 to 9 in the Youth Room
Feb 26 Session 10 Safe Environment
Feb 28 Middle School Youth Group -  6:30 to 8 in the Youth Room
Mar 5  Session 11  
Mar 10-12Senior High Retreat - ARC Retreat Center
Mar 15 Senior High Formation: Justice - 7:30 to 8 in the Youth Room
Mar 28 Middle School Youth Group - 6:30 to 8 in the Youth Room
Apr 2   Session 12
Apr 5   Adoration in the Chapel - 7:30 to 9
Apr 9   C2 Session only
Apr 9   Communal Penance  - 3:30 in the Church
Apr 19 Senior High Formation: 3 heavenly Graces - Faith, Hope, & Love
Apr 22 Confirmation - Cathedral of St. Paul 10AM
Apr 25 Middle School Youth Group - 6:30 to 8 in the youth room
Apr 26 Senior High: Men’s / Women’s Night - 7:30 to 9
Apr 30 Session 13
May 7 C1: Intro to Ignite -Ministry Orientation
May 23 Middle School Youth Group
EFC 2017  June 24– 30     Big Sandy Camp
Team Vianney Oct 13, Dec 1, Feb 16, Mar 30           SJV Seminary for 9th Grade boys
NET Lifeline Masses  Oct 1, Dec 3-Tickets only!, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6  - 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Possible Service events:
2. All Saints Party
3. Family Advent and Easter Vigil Party
4. Families moving Forward
5. Families Serving Families
6. Soup Suppers
7. Living Stations                    More info to come
                           
 


Service Hour Log Here
Faith Enrichment Log Here
Confirmation 1 Extreme Faith Camp Permission Form Here
Lenten Retreat Registration Form 



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