Confirmation

CONFIRMATION: One step in a Lifelong adventure of Faith

Confirmation is still viewed as a sacrament of maturity by many. However, the sacrament does not suggest a candidate is fully mature in the faith. The signing with chrism does not instantaneously produce maturity in the candidate. Our conversion to Christ is a gradual process to which Confirmation gives added strength. Through it the confirmed person is strengthened for this lifelong journey. (Loyola Press)

With the widespread use of social media, our youth are constantly bombarded with messages and images countercultural to our Catholic faith. Our junior high youth today face peer pressure and social challenges which high school students faced 5-10 years ago. Now more than ever our youth need the grace and the strengthening of the Holy Spirit received in Confirmation.

Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of our baptismal grace (CCC 1303):

    • it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!"; (We get to call God, Daddy!!)
    • it unites us more firmly to Christ; (Uh who wouldn’t want to be close to Jesus)
    • it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; (Courage, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, piety, awe, and counsel!)
    • it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; (perfect?!? I like that!)
    • 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 (Soldier for Christ!)

 

St. Anthony of Padua offers a two-year journey towards receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The first year – known as SEEKING -  is spent in youth ministry. We offer Life Teen for high school and EDGE for middle school students.  Participation is two to three gatherings per month. In addition, Seeking students participate in a sponsor retreat, a weekend retreat in the Spring and Acts of Justice (service hours) throughout the year.

The second year of formation – known as DISCERNING - is spent attending Called To Mercy. Called To Mercy provides an online learning format in addition to our once a month gatherings. Discerning students participate in a sponsor retreat, a weekend retreat in the Spring and Acts of Justice (service hours) throughout the year.

To take this step towards a lifelong adventure in faith, contact Vince Nims at 415-883-2177 ext. 16 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.