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and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them,
and a tongue rested on each of them
Confirmation became a sacrament as the early Christian community outgrew the ability of the bishops personally to lay hands on and anoint with oil all those seeking to join the Church through Baptism. Confirmation became the sacrament that “seals? Baptism with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Catechism states:
“Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace: it roots us more deeply in the parenthood of God; unites us more firmly to Christ; increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; renders our bond with the Church more perfect; gives us the strength to be witnesses of Christ.?
PREPARATION FOR THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Two years of religious education in Christian doctrine (CCD) are required to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The training program consists of classes, service, and retreats.
At what age does Confirmation training usually begin?
Training for Confirmation for High school students usually begins in 9th grade but can start in 10th or 11th.
Training for adults is open at any age.
How long does training for the sacrament of Confirmation take?
Students are required to participate in a two year training program during the months of September through April.
When is Confirmation usually celebrated in the parish?
Confirmation is celebrated during the Easter season. Exact dates and times are dependent upon when the regional Bishop can visit the parish but early May has been the norm the last several years.
For more information and to begin the CCD process,
Contact Mrs. Elena Burgos at our Religious Education Office at (323) 465-7605.