The Sacrament: Confirmation

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The Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacrament in which the Holy Spirit comes to us in a special way to join us more closely to Jesus and His Church and to seal and strengthen us as Christ’s witness. We have sacramental prep classes for High School Students and Adults. Please call the Confirmation Office at 510-799-4434 or email ffe@stpatrickrodeo.org

2017-2018 Registration Form for Confirmation, Faith Formation, Edge Middle School Ministry & Youth Ministry

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Confirmation Journey (High School) (Calendar)

Confirmation Journey is a 2 year process to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This journey encourages youth to deeper relationship with God and to become a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Confirmation Journey Handbook
Sessions 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays (1:30pm – 3:30pm), Location: St. Patrick Parish Hall
Parent's & Candidates Meeting: September 10, 2017 (Location: St. Patrick Church)
Phase I (Year 1) 1:00pm-2:30pm; Phase II (Year 2) 3:00pm-4:30pm
Confirmation Journey Starts: October 1, 2017 (First Session)

Youth Ministry/LifeTeen (High School) (Calendar)

Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. By encouraging a deeper & fuller relationship with Jesus Christ, allowing them to experience the love is Jesus, and challenging them to live the Gospel.

Sessions 4th Sundays of the Month after Youth Mass (12:30pm – 2:00pm), Location: St. Patrick Parish Hall
Youth Ministry Starts: September 24, 2017
Multi-Events Permission Form

For Adult Confirmation call 510-799-4434

Article 2

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

1285 Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.88 For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."

IN BRIEF

1315 "Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; 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).

1316 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.

1317 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.

1318 In the East this sacrament is administered immediately after Baptism and is followed by participation in the Eucharist; this tradition highlights the unity of the three sacraments of Christian initiation. In the Latin Church this sacrament is administered when the age of reason has been reached, and its celebration is ordinarily reserved to the bishop, thus signifying that this sacrament strengthens the ecclesial bond.

1319 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.

1320 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.

1321 When Confirmation is celebrated separately from Baptism, its connection with Baptism is expressed, among other ways, by the renewal of baptismal promises. the celebration of Confirmation during the Eucharist helps underline the unity of the sacraments of Christian initiation.

(http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P3V.HTM){Catechism of the Catholic Church}