The Sacrament of Confirmation
(1285) Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.89 For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized]are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”90
The Effects of Confirmation
(1302) It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
(1303) From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
– it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”;117
– it unites us more firmly to Christ;
– it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
– it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;118
– it gives us a special strength of 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:119
Recall then that you have received 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. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.120
(1304) 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.121
(1316) Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.
(1317) Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian’s soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one’s life. (1320) The essential rite of Confirmation is anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism (in the East other sense-organs as well), together with the laying on of the minister’s hand and the words: “Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti” (Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.) in the Roman rite, or: Signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti [the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit]in the Byzantine rite.
- Baptism and First Communion certificate.
- Fill out Registration Form.
- Donation-$75 per youth.
- Must be 14 yrs. of age.
- Child must attend two years of preparation.
- MANDATORY Retreat, 1 day for first year and a three day retreat for second year.
- MANDATORY Community Service Hours (20 hrs. per year).
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RCIA program is for all those candidates not baptized, who want to learn about the Catholic faith, and the baptized not catechized, but eager to know about the teachings of Jesus Christ, transmitted to the Apostles, and inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe invites you to meet with the living God, present in the sacraments.
ADULT CONFIRMATION: Those who have been baptized as Catholics but who not been brought up in the faith or not received the sacrament of confirmation. This sacrament, like baptism, may only be celebrated once.
RCIA English Schedule: Confirmation & First Communion
Tuesday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Rm. St. Raphael OLG California Site.