The Sacrament of Confirmation is a sacrament that affirms God’s love and completes our Baptismal grace.
St. Peter’s holds Confirmation annually in the spring for those who are in the
8th Grade. Adults wishing to be confirmed go through the RCIA program.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is filled with gifts from God for us to get through the many difficult choices and experiences we have during our lifetime. Confirmation deepens our baptismal commitment and grace, and strengthens our bond with Christ and the Church by professing our faith publically. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, knowledge, understanding, right judgment, courage, reverence, wonder and awe) help us grow in our relationship with God and with others. The fruits of the Holy Spirit (charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity) manifest themselves in those who allow the Holy Spirit to work in their lives.
The primary minister of Confirmation is the bishop, although pastors may be given delegation to confirm. The symbols include the laying of the hands (of the bishop and priests) and the anointing with chrism (oil). The ministers call for the Holy Spirit to descend on the candidates and the oil stands for the strength given to them through the grace of the sacrament.
Confirmation candidates attend several catechetical meetings throughout the year in addition to their religious instruction.
Sponsors need to be practicing Catholics whom have already been confirmed.
It is desirable, but not necessary, to have a baptismal godparent to be the sponsor.
For more information regarding Confirmation, please contact the DRE,
Toni Pietrowski at 630-773-1272 (ext. 216) or firstname.lastname@example.org.