Sacrament of Confirmation

"Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of confirmation together constitute the 'sacraments of Christian initiation,' whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For 'by the sacrament of confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence, they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.'" (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

What parents and candidates for confirmation should know:

Celebrated by the bishop of the Diocese of Gary, youth prepare for the sacrament of confirmation in special classes for two years prior to the reception of the sacrament.

While dates are set by the bishop, celebration of confirmation is normally held in the fall when students are in their freshman year of high school. Because of the importance of the preparation period, reception of the sacrament may be delayed if a family is not regularly participating in weekend Masses.

To learn more about faith formation classes for children and sacramental preparation, click here.

For additional information, contact the religious education office

at (219) 769-2049.

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