Confirmation

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness,
temperance: against such there is no law"
(Galatians 5:22 - 23)

In Baptism, as infants, we were initiated into the faith life of the Catholic Christian Community, we were influenced by the Holy Spirit, and thus entered into a special relationship with God. Since that time, we have grown and changed, and so has our understanding of God and of what it means to be Catholic When we were Baptized our parents spoke and acted on our behalf. Now as Young adults the invitation is extended for you to celebrate and consecrate that relationship within your faith community. In your choice to be confirmed you make a covenant commitment with yourself, your Catholic faith community and wrth God. In confirmation you formally extend to Jesus and the community your intent, with their help, to remain faithful. In confirmation, Jesus extends to you a special invitation to share in his friendship, to know him in an even more real and personal way. “"Through the sacrament of Confirmation, those who have been born anew in Baptism receive the inexpressible Gift— the Holy Spirit by which you are endowed...with special strength within. Moreover, having received the character of this sacrament, you are bound more intimately to the Church, more strictly obliged to spread and defend in the Faith the word and deed as true witnesses of Christ. - Apostolis Constitution of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

"Candidates for the sacrament of Confirmation must attend religious education sessions, either in Catholic school or parish religious education programs, prior to their preparation for Confirmation. While Confirmation preparation sessions review some of the basic Catholic teachings, they are not intended to re-teach the entire doctrine of our Faith.

All adults not Confirmed as children or teens will be prepared for the Sacrament at the "Rock" Church for reception of the Sacrament at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. All Catholics contemplating marriage in the Catholic Church must be Confirmed. For more information please contact Sharon Cooney-Smith Director of Religious Education at (314)533-0304 ext. 1001, or via email.

scooneysmith@stalphonsusrock.org