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St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
309  Manson Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone:  504-837-8214
Sacrament of Confirmation

                              

Young adults who desire to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation must complete our
registration process and be accepted into our program.  They will participate in a three-year
process of formation that includes prayer, study, and service to prepare for the Sacrament of
Confirmation.  Some aspects of this process will include parental and/or sponsor attendance.

Note:  Acceptance into the Confirmation program presumes that the student has had ongoing
religious education and Mass attendance.  If not, completion of supplemental formation and material
will be required.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the
apostles on the day of Pentecost.  Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace,
as it:
•        roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba!  Father!”;
•        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 a special strength from 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.

“The sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism on the forehead,
which is done by the laying on of the hand, and through the words:  ‘
Accipe signaculum doni
Spiritus Sancti
’ [Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit].”  In the rite of Confirmation, the sign of
anointing signifies and imprints a spiritual
seal.

Anointing, in Biblical and other ancient symbolism, is rich in meaning:  oil is a sign of abundance and
joy; it cleanses (anointing before and after a bath) and limbers (the anointing of athletes and
wrestlers); oil is a sign of healing since it is soothing to bruises and wounds; and it makes radiant
with beauty, health, and strength.  Anointing with oil has all these meanings in the sacramental life.
The prebaptismal anointing with the oil of catechumens signifies cleansing and strengthening; the
anointing of the sick expresses healing and comfort.  The postbaptismal anointing with sacred chrism
in Confirmation and ordination is the sign of consecration.  By Confirmation, Christians, that is, those
who are anointed, share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy
Spirit with which He is filled, so that their lives may give off “the aroma of Christ.”

When baptized Catholics receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, they receive the spiritual seal, the
spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge
and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God’s presence.  Confirmation should be treasured as a gift, for
through it, each person is marked with a sign as the Lord confirms them and places His pledge, the
Spirit, in their hearts.

Like Baptism, which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an
indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian
with the seal of His Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be His witness.
This “character” perfects the common priesthood of the faithful, received in Baptism, and “the
confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially (
quasi
ex officio
).”

              
[Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church Articles 1293 – 1305]

For information and details about the CCD formation and preparation program to prepare children
for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation, contact Vance Ott, Coordinator of Confirmation
Formation, at 400-8318 or
vance@fourpointstitle.com.

                         

                         
The Sacrament of Confirmation
     
                                                                   

There is a separate process of preparation for active Catholics who received the Sacraments of
Baptism and Eucharist as children and now as adults wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
This process occurs on four consecutive weekday evenings during the Easter season with the
celebration of adult Confirmations occurring at a special Mass on Pentecost Sunday.  Because of the
brevity of this process, attendance is essential.

                       

Adults new to the Catholic faith who would like to become a Catholic must engage in the process
known as "RCIA," the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults."  This gradual adult initiation program
is one of spiritual formation that includes prayer, sharing, and study and occurs in the context of
the parish community.  For further details, please see the
RCIA page under Faith Formation.
Adult Confirmation
RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults