The preparation of candidates for all students of St. Peter the Apostle School and CCD program begins in September of the seventh grade and continues into the fall of their eighth grade. It includes study, community service and participation within the church community. All candidates must have 25 hours of community service.
Please see the Confirmation Guidelines for a list of important dates and information concerning the sacrament of Confirmation. Click here for 2017 Confirmation Preparations & Reminders.
“For it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:14-17).
“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.
Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian’s soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one’s life.
A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs.
The essential rite of Confirmation is anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism (in the East other sense-organs as well), together with the laying on of the minister’s hand and the words: “Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti” (Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.) in the Roman Rite, or “The seal of the gift that is the Holy Spirit” in the Byzantine rite.” From the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285, 1316-1321.
Confirmation is necessary for completion of the “sacraments of Christian inititiation”. The gifts of the Holy Spirit “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them to spread and defend the Christian faith by words and deeds.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered by Bishop Gregory John Hartmayer in fall each year.