The Sacrament of Confirmation

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
  • Brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace . . .
  • Unites us more firmly to Christ . . .
  • Increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us . . .
  • Gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.
  •      Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1303

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 St. Charles Lwanga Center. 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.

For more information or to join the Confirmation community, contact
St. Charles Lwanga Center
(314)367-7929


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