“..And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind,
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. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.”
—Acts of the Apostles 2:2-4a
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; and gives us the strength to be witnesses of Christ.”
PREPARATION FOR THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
In order to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation two years or religious education are required, which includes classes, service to our community, retreats, and participation in Archdiocesan events (ex: Youth Day). However, Confirmation is a lifelong Sacrament that must continue after the Sacrament is received as we witness Christ to others.
At what age do Confirmation classes usually begin?
In our diocese of Los Angeles, one can begin Confirmation classes in 9th grade. Here at Christ the King, we have two courses available. One for 9th – 12th graders (high school) and one for adults (RCIA).
How long are the courses for Confirmation?
The High School course for confirmation is usually two years from September to May. However, if the student does not feel he/she is ready to confirm their faith in God, it is possible for the course to be extended.
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.
For more information or to begin the Confirmation process,
Contact our Confirmation Office at (323) 465-7605 ext. 103