Confirmation

Confirmation for adults will be on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28th 2019. If you wish to be part of the program, register here.  For more details contact Marisa March at mmarch@saintsaj.org

In the Sacrament of Confirmation we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Confirmation and the gift of the Holy Spirit gives us the strength and courage to live our our Christian faith in a mature way as adults.  Receiving Confirmation is an important step for Christians and it is required if you want to get married, or be a God parent or sponsor or become a priest, sister or brother.  

With baptism, the priest brings you into the family of God while you are surrounded by your family.  With confirmation, the bishop publicly consecrates you by anointing you with holy oil, extending his hands praying for a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  The bishop prays these words, drawing from the prophet Isaiah:  “All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord.”  

Anointing with holy oil had a special significance for the Jewish people.  It signified that a person is set apart and empowered by the Holy Spirit for an important public role among God’s people.  For example, Moses anointed Aaron and his sons to establish the Jewish priesthood (Exodus 30:30).  Elijah anointed Elisha to be the prophet to succeed him (1 Kings 19:16).  The prophet Samuel anointed David to become king of Israel.  The account from the Bible is instructive:  “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 16:13).

When we say that Jesus is s the Messiah, in Hebrew the word messiach means “the anointed one”.  Early in his ministry, at the synagogue of his home town of Nazareth, Jesus read these words from the prophet Isaiah, announcing his mission to the world:  “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor” (Isaiah 61:1-2).

In confirmation, we ourselves become anointed ones and unite ourselves to the public mission of Christ in the world.

Confirmation candidates attend the Catholicism 101 classes which take place on Sundays 3.30pm-5.15pm  Sept 20th 2018 thru April 20th 2019 with breaks.