Fort Smith, Arkansas 

2017 Confirmation Date

April 30, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Youth Director   Jennifer Briselden  479-783-7745

Traditionally, Confirmation has been known as the sacrament of the Holy Spirit. In the preparation for the sacrament and in the celebration of the sacrament, the presence of the Spirit can be seen and celebrated in the life of the person being initiated and in the life of the community. The gifts of the Spirit are deepened and intensified when-ever they are recognized and celebrated.

 

Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts.  It is a  Sacrament of faith in God’s fidelity to us and completes the baptismal gift of grace. It enriches the recipient with a special strength of the Holy Spirit, unites the person more firmly to Christ, and completes the person’s initiation into full membership in the Church.

 All youth of the parish participate in a two-year sacramental formation program starting in the 9th grade. Confirmation Classes are on Wednesday Nights during the school year from 6:00 p.m.  until 8:00 p.m.  This is a two year program starting in the 9th grade.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Briselden at 783-7745.
 

Effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation 

 

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. Confirmation brings, increases and deepens baptismal grace: 

    · It roots us more deeply as sons and daughters of God and makes us cry, “Abba, Father,” 

    · It unites us more firmly to Christ; 

    · It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude,             knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord); 

    · It makes our bond with the Church more perfect 

    · 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 (CCC #1303) 

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