Those who have been baptized continue on the path of Christian initiation through the sacrament of confirmation. In this sacrament they receive the Holy Spirit whom conforms believers more fully to Christ and strengthens them so that they may bear witness to Christ for the building up of his Body in faith and love. ~ General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Rite of Confirmation, Introduction, §§ 1-2
Confirmation is the final sacrament of initiation, where the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit completes the transformation that began in Baptism. It symbolizes entering adulthood in the church, and the Holy Spirit abundantly gives all of its gifts to each Confirmand, enabling them to share their gifts in the service of others.
The light of the risen Christ they received in Baptism is meant to be shared, and at Confirmation, the Holy Spirit shares the gifts, the courage, and the energy to go forth and make a difference.
Confirmation Preparation for Youth
Confirmation at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish is held each year for high school students who have completed a two-year Confirmation program. Typically, candidates enter the first year of Confirmation preparation in the Ninth Grade, and are confirmed near the end of Tenth Grade. The candidates participate in ninety-minute preparation classes twice a month and have the opportunity to participate in several communal ministries (e.g., at The House of Bread, Catherine’s Place, Catholic Worker House) as concrete expressions of their maturing discipleship.
Confirmation Preparation for Adults
Adults who are baptized Catholics are invited to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation through our Rites of Christian Initiation (RCIA) program.
Have you been asked to be a Confirmation Sponsor?
In order to be a Confirmation Sponsor to someone that attends another church, you will need to provide a Sponsor Certificate. Contact our office at 860-756-4034 or email us to request your sponsor certificate.