Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
At Saint John's, preparing for Confirmation is available to those who have been Baptized in the Catholic faith, have received their First Reconciliation and Communion, are attending Sunday Mass, and are willing to continue to grow in faith throughout their lifetime.
We offer an Adult Confirmation program for Catholics older than 18; and a Youth Confirmation program for teens at least 15 years old but no older than 18 as of January 2017.
While preparing for Confirmation, candidates will select and partner with a sponsor. Sponsors will assist in all aspects of the candidates' preparation and celebration of the sacrament, accompany their candidates to celebrate the sacrament, and continue to support the candidates to fulfill their baptismal promises faithfully under the influence of the Holy Spirit after reception of the sacrament. Sponsors must:
Parents may not be sponsors.
For more information about Youth Confirmation please contact Shawndra Hall at (817) 284-4811, Ext: 219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Be at least 16 years of age.
- Be practicing Catholics.
- Have received all of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
- Be someone the candidate can identify with in terms of Christian living.
- Be someone who can share the faith journey of the candidate.
For more information about Adult Confirmation, please call the Director of Faith Formation at (817) 284-4811.
Additional Information About the Sacrament of Confirmation
The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God's Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John.
Jesus' entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.
Those who believed in the Apostles' preaching were baptized and received the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands. The Apostles baptized believers in water and the Spirit. Then they imparted the special gift of the Spirit through the laying on of hands. "'The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church'" (CCC, no. 1288, citing Pope Paul VI, Divinae Consortium Naturae, no. 659).
By the second century, Confirmation was also conferred by anointing with holy oil, which came to be called sacred Chrism. "This anointing highlights the name 'Christian,' which means 'anointed' and derives from that of Christ himself whom God 'anointed with the Holy Spirit'" (CCC, no. 1289, citing Acts 10:38). —From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults