The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated by 11th grade students and adults in the Spring.
High School students must participate in 9th, 10th & 11th grade Generations of Faith classes
or go to a Parochial school to attend the Confirmation Preparatory Program.
For more information contact Melissa Hurst.
Adults should contact the Faith Formation Office at (413) 323-6272 for special arrangements.
WHAT IS THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?
The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of three “Sacraments of Initiation” - the others being Baptism and Eucharist. Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace. It is the sacrament which gives the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit - it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry “Abba! Father!”; it unites us more firmly to Christ, it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit on us; 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 by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.
Preparation for Confirmation is aimed at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit – his actions, his gifts, and his biddings – in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life.
Like Baptism, Confirmation imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian’s soul; for this reason, one can receive this sacrament only once in one’s life.
The essential rite of Confirmation is anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism, together with the laying on of the minister’s hand and the words: “Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti” (Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit). The connection to Baptism is expressed, among other ways, by the renewal of baptismal promises. The celebration of Confirmation during the Eucharist helps underline the unity of the sacraments of Christian initiation.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge,
Piety, and Fear of the Lord.
Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness,
Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, and Chastity.
To read more Catechism of the Catholic Church (1285-1321)