The Sacrament of Confirmation
The sacrament of Confirmation, along with Baptism and Eucharist, is one of the three sacraments of initiation. At Confirmation the Holy Spirit strengthens the baptized Christian and endows her or him with gifts to enable us to carry out our mission to be Christ in the world and to continue building God’s kingdom. To be fully a member of the Catholic Church, one needs to be baptized, confirmed and receive first Eucharist.
Teen Confirmation is a two year process of preparation at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish through our teen program "Living Catholic." This journey invites the youth to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Our goal is that our youth become further acquainted with the unconditional Love of God so that they might face the challenges of life rooted in faith and without fear. Go to High School Formation Page for more information.
If you are an adult who was baptized in another Christian tradition and would like to become Catholic, please see our page on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
If you are a baptized Catholic, age 21 or older, have received First Holy Communion and wish to complete your initiation into the Catholic faith, the Adult Confirmation process is the right one for you. Please contact us to find out information for the next confirmation class in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Sources used here are taken from "United States Catholic Catechism for Adults" published by the USCCB
The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God's Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John.
Jesus' entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.
Those who believed in the Apostles' preaching were baptized and received the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands. The Apostles baptized believers in water and the Spirit. Then they imparted the special gift of the Spirit through the laying on of hands. "'The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church'" (CCC, no. 1288, citing Pope Paul VI, Divinae Consortium Naturae, no. 659).
By the second century, Confirmation was also conferred by anointing with holy oil, which came to be called sacred Chrism. "This anointing highlights the name 'Christian,' which means 'anointed' and derives from that of Christ himself whom God 'anointed with the Holy Spirit'" (CCC, no. 1289, citing Acts 10:38).
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