Q: What is confirmation?
A: Confirmation is a sacrament through which we receive the Holy Ghost to make us strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ. It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the "character," which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness. This "character" perfects the common priesthood of the faithful, received in Baptism, and "the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially (quasi Ex officio)."
Here at St. John's Cathedral we endeavor to assist those who are seeking the grace of this Sacrament of Confirmation, based on various ages:
Youth (under 18)
To find out more about the classes we offer click on> Confirmation-Youth Catholics
___ Those only missing Confirmation: One group are those who have already been baptized Catholic and received Holy Communion. To find out more click on> Confirmation-Adult Catholics
___ Those who were only Baptized Catholic. Another group are those who are considering becoming Catholic. Adults must attend the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults classes starting in mid- September and ending at Easter. After attending classes, learning about the Sacraments of Initiation, and having sufficient reflection on entering the Catholic Church, adults will be confirmed at the Easter Vigil. If you have an irregular situation, such as a schismatic group, please call the Cathedral to talk to a clergy member about how to come into full communion. To find out more about receiving this sacraments click on> Becoming Catholic-Adult