The Sacraments of Initiation
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
The Sacrament of Confirmation
WISDOM|UNDERSTANDING|KNOWLEDGE|COURAGE RIGHT JUDGMENT|HOLINESS|REVERENCE
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
The Sacrament of Confirmation involves receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In Confirmation, Jesus pours the spirit of God into our hearts, strengthening our Baptismal Grace, allowing us to be united with the Church. Just as we are in the Eucharist, Confirmation enables us for holiness and empowers us for service.
Just as bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that the soul also needs to grow in the life of grace. The sacrament of Confirmation builds on the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Holy Communion, completing the process of initiation into the Catholic community.
Both programs of Confirmation "Be Sealed & Be Sent" and "Rock On" at St. Theresa parish require service participation to the parish community both at St. Theresa and our surrounding community. See list down below.
OUR DIOCESE WILL BE RESTORING THE ORDER IN WHICH THE SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION; BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, FIRST EUCHARIST; ARE CELEBRATED.
Over the next few years, the standard age of Confirmation is going to be third grade throughout the Diocese of Manchester, and Confirmation will be celebrated before, not after, First Eucharist. This practice restores Confirmation to its original place. Through this process, the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation return to the logical order in which they were designed to be received: first Baptism, then Confirmation, then Eucharist. It also restores the practice of administering the Sacraments of Christian Initiation to young children as early as possible. Our parish has a plan for an implementation schedule, as well as a renewed vigor for implementing this change within the context of Lifelong Faith Formation. This will help us to provide an enriching experience of God's love through the sacramental life of the Church.
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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
- Acts 1:8
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation, a sacrament of initiation, establishes young adults as full-fledged members of the faith. This sacrament is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong. During a child's Baptism, the parents and godparents make promises to renounce Satan and believe in God and the Church on behalf of the child. At Confirmation, one renews those same promises, this time speaking for him/herself.
During Confirmation, the focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them courage to practice their faith. Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts.
Traditionally, the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (courage), knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These gifts are supernatural graces given to the soul. The 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering (patient suffering over a long period of time), mildness, faith, modesty, continency (abstinence in sexual matters), and chastity — human qualities that can be activated by the Holy Spirit.
Taken from "The Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation"
Opportunities for service include:
Serve parish summer barbecue,
Serve the poor Man's Supper in Lent,
Volunteer at Cross Roads Homeless Shelter Portsmouth, NH,
Lead during Reconciliation retreat and First Holy Communion,
Volunteer to help out "New Hats, Socks, and Gloves" clothing drive in Advent,
Volunteer at Seacoast Birthright and put together baby clothes baskets,
Volunteer to support the Seacoast Food Pantry,
Serve as a Christmas Caroler or Valentine at Sanctuary Care elderly Home