Confirmation

Sacrament of Confirmation at Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish:
The Sacrament of Confirmation for youth is usually celebrated in spring; and for adults on Pentecost Sunday at our parish. 

Youth:  Preparation for reception is necessary and available for the child through our Faith Formation Program or for older teens in our Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens (R.C.I.A.) program.  Contact the Faith Formtion Office at 516-352-0146, email at faithformation@stcatherineofsienna.org or via this website to learn more about registration and classes.

Adults:  For those seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation we offer preparation through our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.). process.  If interested in participation, kindly contact our Pastor, Msgr. Richard Figliozzi, by calling 516-352-0146 or emailing rfigliozzi@stcatherineofsienna.org so he may answer your questions and provide additional information.  Adults are welcome to contact him throughout the year if interested in participating in this spiritual process.  R.C.I.A. is our program for adults seeking conversion, to become Catholic and/or to receive the Sacraments of Initiation--Baptism, Holy Eucharist or Confirmation as an adult.

At the Sacrament of 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).

 

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