|The Sacrament of Confirmation|
God strengthens our souls also through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Even though Jesus' disciples recieved grace before his Resurrection, on Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to strengthen them with new graces for the difficult work ahead. Then they went out and preached the Gospel fearlessly and carried out the mission Christ had given them. Later, they laid hands on others to stregthen them as well (Acts 8:14-17). Through Confirmation you too are stregthened to meet the spiritual challenges in your life.
The Sacrament of Confirmation completes our Baptismal graces, and fully initiates us into the discipleship of Christ and His Church. Our hope is that sacramental formation within our Parish will prepare our youth to receive all the graces the Holy Spirit wants to give them.
It is critical that our youth are adequately prepared to receive the abundant graces found in the Sacrament of Confirmation. At St. Thomas the Apostle Church, the Confirmation Formation program is a two-year program. The first year is designed for those youth who are in 8th grade or above. The second year is intended for those who have completed the first year. Our youth are confirmed after the completion of the two-year program.
*Portions of this text was taken from "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" by Catholic Answers. More information about confirmation can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1285-1321) or at www.catholic.com