In the Sacrament of Baptism, we received an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Created in the image of God, we were made beloved children of God. We were cleansed of original sin (and any actual sins if we were baptized after the age of reason). However, the inclination to sin remains because we have free choice. God has given us the gifts of faith, hope, and love to enable us to make choices that are consistent with our inherent dignity. Identified with Jesus Christ, we turn away from sin and strive to be faithful to His Gospel. Incorporated into the Church of Jesus Christ, this is the context in which we will do it.
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, there is another outpouring of the Holy Spirit which strengthens us to give witness to our faith in word and action. The Sacrament of Confirmation is our participation in Pentecost.
On the first Christian Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit transformed disciples of the Lord who had been locked up in a room and afraid. Now they were filled with a joy that they could not contain. They were proclaiming in various languages that God calls us to become His beloved children. God never gives up on us. God refuses to abandon us to sin and death. The gift of God's love strengthens us to overcome any temptation to forget our great dignity and to forsake our glorious destiny. The gift of God's love enables us to live authentically human lives now.
Confirmation for Teenagers
The usual age in which parishioners at Holy Family Parish are confirmed is in the Ninth Grade. However, if it not too late if someone is past the Ninth Grade. Immediate preparation is done by participating in the Confirmation Class offered by our School of Religion program. Please contact the Director of Faith Formation, JoAnn Harvan-Chin (410-922-3800, ext. 5 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Confirmation for Adults
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