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Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Confirmation

“He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for "the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." When they had gathered together they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He answered them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
(Acts 1:3-8:)

Confirmation in a very real sense completes the grace received in baptism.  It is a firming, or strengthening of the Holy Spirit in your life received in Baptism.  Through confirmation, you are more perfectly a member of the Church—the Body of Christ—and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.  You become a true witness to Christ, and more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith.  Like Baptism, it is given only once as it imparts an indelible mark—or character—on your soul.

The Bishop is the ordinary minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The Pastor may confirm adults received into the Church at the Easter Vigil.

Young people usually receive Confirmation in the eighth grade with preparation beginning in the seventh grade year. Students in MQP School are prepared as a part of their religion studies. Those in public or other private schools must attend weekly classes held weekly on Tuesdays from 6:45 – 8:00pm through the Parish School of Religion. Please call Donna Maurer at 314-961-2891 to enroll your child in these classes.