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Confirmation

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. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

 

Common questions at SS. Peter & Paul Parish

How can I join SS. Peter & Paul Parish?

To register as a new parishioner or to rejoin the parish, call the rectory at 649-2765.

How do I get baptized?

Pre-Baptismal instruction for parents is conducted on the fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center. Attendence at the Pre-Baptismal class is mandatory. Contact the Rectory at 649-2765 for an appointment.

How do I get married?

You must be a parishioner for at least six months prior to setting a date. Engaged couples should contact one of the parish priests before making other wedding arrangements. Courses are required to a attend Pre-Cana Conference, or equivalent pre-marital preparation program. Please call 649-2765 to schedule arrangements with a priest. Call the rectory to make an appointment for PreCana first.

When are confessions heard?

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) are held on Saturdays from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Confessions will also be heard by appointment, by calling the rectory at 649-2765.

How can someone who is ill or confined receive the Eucharist?

Inform the parish priests about parishioners confined to their homes, hospitals, or nursing facilities. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist are meant for the healing and comfort of those who are ill. Call the rectory at 649-2765.

How can I enroll my children in Faith Formation/Religious Education so they can receive their sacraments?

You can enroll children, by calling the Faith Formation office at 649-0231.

I am an adult, who would like to join the church and receive my sacraments. How do I do that?

By joining the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, also known as RCIA. To enroll, call the rectory at 649-2765.

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)