More info on the 2017/18 Confirmation program coming soon...
It has come to be that exciting time in your child’s life where they get to decide whether or not they wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. It is a big decision! In a way, it is the first time young adults get to step forward publicly and say “Yes” to God and His wishes for them.
Confirmation is the Sacrament in which one is enriched by the gift of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens us and obliges us to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It is the Sacrament in which one enters into full membership in the Catholic Church. It perfects Baptismal grace and incorporates us more firmly into Christ.
Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian soul.
A Christian does not live as a child of God through his or her own efforts alone, but through the grace of God. We see this in a practical way when we look back on our own lives, the lives of others, and especially the lives of Saints. It is our duty to seek the grace that God offers us in order to live our lives as Christians in the way that God intends.
St. Catherine of Siena once said, “Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”
Part of Confirmation is learning how to listen to God’s call and how He wishes to work in your life. When you embrace Him and His will, you become who you were truly made to be. The world indeed will be set on fire through the graces God gives you and how He works through you.
If your child wishes to be confirmed, there will be a Confirmation meeting at noon on Sunday, September 17 for St. Charles and St. Peter parishioners in the Narthex at St. Charles Church and on Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Holy Ghost Church basement for all Holy Ghost parishiooners. At the meeting you will receive more information about the Confirmation Program, its requirements, and how to become enrolled. Students and at least one parent/guardian should attend (both parents preferably). The meeting should last around an hour.
There will also be a Confirmation Enrollment Mass weekend in the fall. For St. Charles parishioners, this will be at the 10:30 Mass on October 1. For St. Peter parishioners, this will be at the 9:00 Mass. Holy Ghost parishioners can choose from three Masses- Saturday, September 30th at 5:00, Sunday October 1st at 8:00, and Sunday October 1st at 11:00. At the Masses, students will come forward and state their intention to be confirmed through a short ceremony after the homily. Sponsors are asked to attend the Mass, if possible, as well as parents. Please set these Mass dates aside. The intention of this ceremony is to introduce our Confirmation candidates to their parish communities and ask for their prayers and support.
The Confirmation Mass will be Sunday, May 6th at 1:00pm. Please see the inks below for Confirmation requirements, registration and forms, and schedule.