Confirmation
“Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.”
-Acts 8:14-17

Confirmation is the sacrament which strengthens us and the life of the Holy Spirit at work in our hearts. In the United States, it is usually the last of the Sacraments of Initiation administered and, together with Baptism and the Eucharist, marks the beginning of our full initiation into the Catholic Church. Those who have been confirmed are able and expected to take on many more ministries in the Church, working as adult Christians to build up the Kingdom of God.Confirmation normally is conferred in 8th grade. If you have passed the 8th grade year, please call to discuss what plan is best for you.

Confirmation is the completion of Baptism. It is a gift that God wishes to give you to help you to believe, to hope and to love. Since Christian discipleship is challenging, shouldn’t we avail ourselves to every form of assistance? Confirmation strengthens us. That is the Sacrament’s aim, to make us firm and steadfast in our discipleship. Confirmation is a singular, unrepeatable gift that completes the grace of Baptism. Baptism & Confirmation are two Sacraments of Initiation (the third is Holy Communion) that order the Christian to Christ, by giving one the grace to follow Jesus as His disciple in day to day life. Baptism confers salvation on its recipient. We are washed of Original (and personal) sin, we are adopted as children of God and we become part of the Church, that is, God’s Temple on earth made out of living stones. All of these gifts are for our benefit.

Confirmation is the completion of Baptism. It is a gift that God wishes to give you to help you to believe, to hope and to love. Since Christian discipleship is challenging, shouldn’t we avail ourselves to every form of assistance? Confirmation strengthens us. That is the Sacrament’s aim, to make us firm and steadfast in our discipleship.Everyone should receive this gift.

"Confirmation, on the other hand, confers on us benefits for other people, namely, it strengthens us to bear public testimony to Christ and the Gospel and to be faithful members of His Church. Citing St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catechism states: “the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially (quasi Ex officio)”. This means that Confirmation is ordered to help others with the truth and with charity. Given the challenging circumstances in which we find ourselves – especially direct attacks on religious liberty and on our doctrines, (sanctity of life, marriage and sexuality), the Church welcomes, indeed, needs these confirmandi to be heroic young men and women to take the banner of Christ, and declare proudly, “I am a Catholic”.Everyone should receive this gift. So if you have not been confirmed at the usual age, get in touch and let’s celebrate this Sacrament for you. If you are an adult," for more information please contact: The Office at (516)-676-2482..

God bless you,
Father Elias

 
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