CONFIRMATION

"Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them."

- Acts 8:14-15

Confirmation is the sacrament whereby God completes the graces of a person’s baptism and deepens His seal within them, marking them as belonging to Him (2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13-14).  When received within a life of faith, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit through confirmation empowers us to live the Christian life, which we simply couldn’t do otherwise.  Thus, it is not a person’s “adult choice to be Catholic”, rather it is God who chooses us, and we can then choose Him day by day.

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. – CCC 1285

Preparing for Confirmation

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. 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.” – CCC 1285

In the Rite of Confirmation, the Bishop (or a Priest who represents the Bishop) extends his hands over you and asks the Holy Spirit to come to you with seven special graces, or gifts: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence, and wonder & awe.

CONFIRMATION AT RISEN CHRIST

Risen Christ Catholic Parish has fully adopted the Restored Order of Sacraments, meaning all 2nd graders will prepare for their First Reconciliation (Confession) in the spring. Our 3rd graders will prepare in class and receive Confirmation and First Holy Communion in a single Mass in the spring. Students in 4th through 12th grades who have not been confirmed and/or have not received their First Eucharist will also celebrate their sacraments at that spring Mass.

Register by signing up for the religious education group that fits your age needs

Contact person for Confirmation/Restored Order candidates:

Christine Fritschen

The Restored Order

The Archdiocese of Denver is in the process of restoring the order of the Sacraments of Initiation. These three sacraments are originally intended to be received in this order: Baptism, Confirmation then Holy Eucharist. The sacrament that fully initiates a person into the Catholic Church is Holy Eucharist (First Communion).

To watch a video about the Restored Order and to read the Pastoral Letter “Saints Among Us” from Archbishop Aquila below.

The Restored Order

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Christine Fritschen

Director of Elementary Education and Sacramental Preparation

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