Sacrament of Confirmation
Those who have been baptized complete their Christian Initiation with the Sacrament of Confirmation. By the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism, they receive the Holy Spirit to strengthen them in living as a Disciple of Christ. The sacrament of Confirmation has its origins in the early church as seen in Acts 8:14–17, 9:17, 19:6, and Hebrews 6:2, which speak of a laying on of hands for the purpose of bestowing the Holy Spirit.
We welcome all youth who wish to receive the sacrament of confirmation. At Sacred Heart, this sacrament is usually conferred in the eighth grade, but we will work with youth of any age. Our diocese requires two years of preparation for this event. The first year can be completed in our regular Faith Formation Program, held on Sunday mornings or through enrollment at a Catholic School where Religion is taught. The second-year preparation considers of 10-12 evening sessions schedule from September through April. Fr. Kevin and our Youth Director, Andrew Johnson, facilitate these engaging sessions. Participation in a one-day retreat and a service project are also required.
Registration for both years of preparation open in June. Please contact Lisa, our Faith Formation Director, (727-541-4447 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for additional information.
Adults who were never confirmed are encouraged to partake of this sacrament. The required preparation depends on the person’s prior religious training and background. Please contact Lisa, our Faith Formation Director, (727-541-4447 or email@example.com) to set up an appointment where we can discuss your situation.