Confirmation

Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation which completes baptism through sealing in Holy Spirit and anoints the recipient as priest, prophet, and king. Catholic Confirmation is performed with the ordinary minister (usually a Bishop) extending his hand over the one to be confirmed and anointing his/her head with the oil of chrism saying, “be sealed with the Holy Spirit.” It is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. Confirmation brings Catholics a deepening of baptismal grace and unites us more firmly to Christ. It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit and leaves an indelible mark on the soul just like baptism. This is the second of the “Sacraments of Christian Initiation.”   This sacrament is usually received in second grade along with First Eucharist.  This sacrament seals the baptized person with the grace and gifts of the Holy Spirit and gives the person additional strength to live and defend the faith. 
 
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
   Wisdom:  The ability to see ourselves and others as God sees us.
   Understanding:  The ability to understand more about God and the larger mysteries of life.
   Council:    The gift of using our free will to do God's will and to make good moral decisions.   
                    (Also sometimes called "right judgment.")
   Fortitude:  The courage to face our fears and to stand up and defend our faith.
   Knowledge:  To know God and to see the uniqueness of each other as creations of God.
   Piety:   Reverence for all God's creations.  Approaching life with reverence means we care and
   have concern for ourselves, others, and the world - including the environment.
   Fear of the Lord:  A better understanding of awe and wonder in God's presence.  It helps us
   see God in the enormity of the world and in our small presence within it.
 
 Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation For Children:
In the Diocese of Portland, the sacrament of Confirmation is administered in second grade.  Preparation for this sacrament begins in first grade.  Our parish has a mandatory two year program.  To register for preparation classes, check out the link below.

For children third grade through high school, we are happy to have you receive the sacrament of Confirmation!  Please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements.
 
For Adults:
It's not too late to receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit!  Please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements for instruction.

The Diocese of Portland  Guidelines to Prepare Children for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist was approved and published in June 2015.  The guidelines establish a two year preparation process for all children preparing to receive Penance, Confirmation and First Eucharist which includes the involvement of their parents/guardians. For more information, consult: http://www.portlanddiocese.org/olff/sacrament-preparation.