The word confirmation means "strengthening". Confirmation confers the gift of the Holy Spirit that we need to be witnesses of Christ in our daily lives. The Holy Spirit comes and strengthens those gifts we received at baptism and we are called to use these gifts to go forth and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of Confirmation makes us Soldiers of Christ.

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1316)

For information about receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, please call the parish office.