The word “Confirmation” reminds us that this Sacrament brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace: it unites us more firmly to Christ, it renders our bond with the Church more perfect, and it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith, … to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of his Cross (cf.Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1303). –Pope Francis
Baptism is the beginning of our relationship with Christ. The Eucharist nourishes and sustains us on our walk of faith. Confirmation is a strengthening of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and a celebration of full initiation into the Catholic Church.
Seeking to be Confirmed in the Catholic faith communicates a desire to be strengthened as a disciple of Jesus. What does a disciple looks like?
A disciple learns about Jesus and His Church.
A disciple belongs to and lives in community with others.
A disciple serves others.
A disciple gives witness to the Gospel and the Truth of the Church.
A disciple prays.
These practices of true disciples are the foundation of Confirmation preparation. We ask teens to demonstrate these practices in their lives as evidence of their desire and readiness to receive this Sacrament.
Confirmation Group 2016