What Is It?

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION....

  • welcomes us and deepens our belonging to the faith communit
  • deepens our relationship to God, as Creator, Redeemer and Spirit
  • strengthens us as disciples

A Sacrament is part of the way that God loves us and calls us. A Sacrament is God’s love expressed as a free, undeserved gift.

     - The Gift within Confirmation is that of strengthening us for discipleship and deepening our belonging to the faith community through the Trinity.

God uses visible signs to communicate invisible love. To communicate God’s love, God uses our senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste, and elements of our world.

     - In Confirmation, the signs we will celebrate include being anointed with oil and the laying on of hands as we remember the water of Baptism and the nourishment of Eucharist.

God calls and invites; we respond. An attitude of openness communicates a “yes” to God’s invitation to a deeper relationship. This “yes” does not mean we know that we will always be faithful or that we are worthy of the gift. “Yes” means we are open to be strengthened by God who calls and loves us.

     -In Confirmation, we have the opportunity to say “yes” through various responses in prayer.

The community witnesses to and celebrates the sacraments. A sacrament is a powerful sign that God is alive and present in the world. As Church, we are called to be sacrament. That is to be God’s hand and healing touch in the world. At the same time, we celebrate the sacraments as our most important prayer. This community that celebrates sacraments is global, reaching to other faith communities throughout the world and joined in a common bond. The community is also local as a diocese or archdiocese, as a parish and as a community of faith in families.

  • In Confirmation, the community witnesses our celebration and provides a sponsor who represents the love of the community for us.