In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
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.
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. . . . We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.
~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of the baptismal gift of the Holy Spirit. Any baptized person, freely seeking this sacrament receives, through the Holy Spirit, the strength to witness to God’s love in word and deed.
This sacrament typically happens in the fall of eighth grade, either as part of St. Francis Borgia’s School, the Parish School of Religion (for students who attend public school), special sessions (for students who attend private Catholic schools unattached to a parish) or for home schooled students.
In January of the students seventh grade year, we will begin preparations for this sacrament. This begins with a parent/student retreat and information gathering. All families with children who wish to be confirmed will need to attend this gathering.
For more information, please contact:
Kyra Gulledge, Coordinator of Religious Education | 636-239-2590 x1277
Adults who are participating in the RCIA process receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during the Easter Vigil. Occasionally, for various reasons a baptized Catholic has received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation, but has never received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Two options are available for individuals in this situation. After proper preparation, they may be confirmed at the Easter Vigil with the RCIA participants, or they may opt to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis on the Feast of Pentecost. This occurs in May or June. In either case, contact the parish office at least two months prior to Easter.
Weekly RCIA meetings are held beginning in September and culminate with the Easter Vigil.
For more details, please contact:
Deacon Leon Noelker, Sacramental Ministry | 636-221-1531