Confirmation

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.
 

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)

This year, the Archdiocese of Seattle is beginning an important change:  the Archdiocese is transitioning the age at which our young people are eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to grades 7 and 8. 

We are working to accommodate this change by expanding our Confirmation preparation program. 

Last year, Assumption Parish offered Confirmation to all High School students in Grades 9-12; this year, we will offer Confirmation to 7/8 graders and High School students in Grades 7 -12.  We are giving our students the opportunity to receive this outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Going forward, Grades 7 and 8 Confirmation will occur every other year.  All eligible youth in Grades 7 and 8 should participate in Confirmation classes this year. 

Confirmation classes will begin in January, and we are hoping to schedule our Confirmation mass for late February. Confirmation preparation classes, organized in separate tracks for 7/8 and high school students, at will begin in January 2020.  High School classes meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00-11:30 AM.  7/8 class schedule will be announced soon.

In our program at Assumption, spiritual formation and liturgical celebration are woven into a comprehensive process. Through prayer, retreat, small group discussion, and working with an adult spiritual mentor (or sponsor), you will become more aware of the presence of the Spirit in your lives and how you see yourself as an active member of your faith community.

Please contact Julie Olsen,
Co-Youth Minister, at youthminister@assumptionparish.com, or visit our Parish website for more information.|

 

Please contact Julie Olsen, youth minister if you have any questions.

Registration is online:

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If you are an adult who has not been confirmed, please contact Ellen Bollard .

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