“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, 1285)
Confirmation is the second sacrament of Christian initiation. It is called Confirmation because it confirms and strengthens baptismal grace. Through this sacrament, the grace given in baptism is deepened.
Confirmation for youth is received during 8th Grade. In order to be confirmed, an individual must participate in the program that is offered through the school. In addition to reflecting on their faith in classes, candidates are asked to participate in service projects and a day of prayer.
Adults who are not yet confirmed are invited to call the rectory to make arrangements to celebrate the sacrament.
"Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received
the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and
prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them,
but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit."
Please pray for the following students from St. Gabriel Parish
who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation
at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica on Sunday, April 21, 2013.