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).
The Youth Confirmation preparation process normally takes two
years to complete. Each “year” begins in August and runs through
the following July. Upon completion of the process requirements,
the candidate is confirmed here in the parish by the Bishop at the
scheduled date in April/May of the second year. To be eligible to
participate in the process, you must baptized and be at least a
freshman in high school and willing to actively participate in
Youth Ministry and regularly and consistently participate in liturgy,
prayer and service within St. Bernardine parish. The operative
work is “Participation” . The following is considered minimum
participation in the life of St. Bernardine community for the
purposes of Confirmation:
• Pray daily
• Keep Holy the Lord’s Day - Participate in Sunday Mass
• Attend all “Sunday Confirmation Sessions” which take place
on specified Sundays. Meetings are from 11:00am to 12:30
PM Some of these Sundays require attendance by both
candidate and sponsors/parents. We are currently using the
Dynamic Catholic- “Decision Point” Program.
• Perform 20 hours of community service. These may be the
same hours a student works to fulfill a school service
• Participate once each month as an Altar Server, a Cross
Bearer, an Usher/ Greeter, or a musician/choir member at
Sunday Mass at St. Bernardine for two years.
• Participation in at least 12 Wednesday Nite Youth Sessions
per year. Wednesday Nite sessions are scheduled year
• Participate in the Confirmation overnight retreat.
• $110 confirmation fee due at signup and $200 Retreat fee at
time of retreat.
Contact the Youth Ministry Coordinator Bob Nicholas at (818)710-1662 or email: email@example.com
For those over 18 years old…Classes are offered once per year.
Classes begin on January 26, 2017 for ten(non consecutive)
meetings. The sessions are from 7-9pm on Thursdays in our parish center.
Candidates will be confirmed with our Youth Confirmation
students on April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am.