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).

Diocese of Phoenix Policy on Sacramental Preparation:

Catechesis for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation is prior to, and a separate formational experience, from Catechesis for First Eucharist and Confirmation, and is in addition to the on-going Catechetical formation.

1.     The formation which parents are providing at home, and the on-going catechesis, provided through the Catholic School or Parish Catechetical Program, form the foundation for catechesis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

2.     Children participate in either a Catholic School or Parish Catechetical Program for at least one year prior to enrollment in sacramental preparation.

3.     Ordinarily, six to nine months should separate the first celebration of Reconciliation from preparation for First Eucharist and Confirmation.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help follows the above guidelines in measuring the readiness of each child to celebrate the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation. Each family of a preparing child receives a booklet containing an overview of our community’s approach to the celebration. A calendar of dates and topics provides the parent with all the information they need about the preparation sessions. We believe the parent, as the primary influence in each child’s life, has already done much to teach their child about a living faith and should continue to take an active role in the preparation process.

For the child’s benefit, a variety of activities or discussion topics are suggested to be done as a family at home. Time should be reserved after each session to make sure that these activities or discussions take place. All discussion topics are primarily about everyday life, but they connect in a profound way to the sacrament being celebrated.

Parental involvement is a key component in the celebration of Sacraments. Diocesan policy requires that the parent attend formational sessions with the parish staff to help in preparing the child.

To comply with diocesan policy, OLPH schedules two Confirmation sessions, Fall and Winter. During the school year, parents and their child will work on projects at home and in community service. A spring Confirmation Retreat completes the process.

First Eucharist sessions begin after the new year. Dates and session times will be advertised on the website and in the bulletin when they have been scheduled.

 

 

Coordinator: Pamela Contu-Owen

Email Pamela

480-874-3712

For more information regarding Confirmation, please contact the Parish Office.

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

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