Before Jesus was put to death, He promised His followers that He would send His Spirit to empower and strengthen them. True to His promise, the
Holy Spirit was poured out on them on Pentecost, forty days after His resurrection from the dead. The Sacrament of Confirmation is our own Pentecost. When we are confirmed, we receive the Holy Spirit, through the anointing with oil and the laying on of hands by the bishop or a priest appointed by him.
When we receive this sacred seal we show that we belong to God. By their anointing, the prophets, kings and priests of the Old Testament were elevated to a special position in their service of God. So it is with us when we receive the holy oil on our foreheads; we become part of the priesthood of all believers, witnesses to Christ and heirs to His throne.
Ordinarily Confirmation is celebrated at Transfiguration every year for those in eighth grade and high school and is preceded by a yearlong preparation program. Please contact the parish office for more information.
Adults who have not been confirmed should contact the Faith Formation Director for special arrangements and preparation.