It’s never too late …
Catholic and not yet confirmed?
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, our Bishop has delegated to all pastors the faculty to confirm their own parishioners, after some catechesis.
If you missed the sacrament of Confirmation, for whatever reason, and are a practicing Catholic parishioner of St. John Berchmans over the age of 14, we invite you to participate in this Confirmation program for adults. Email or call Lisa in the Church Office 221-5296 to register. We recommend you watch the videos below.
Candidates for the sacrament should:
– be a registered parishioner of the Cathedral
– be a practicing Catholic over age of 14, attending Sunday Mass on a regular basis
– have received the sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion (submit current baptismal certificate from your church of baptism)
– register for the program by contacting Lisa in the Church Office by email or phone, 221-5296
– consider a Catholic individual you might ask to be your Sponsor*
– attend all sessions – bring a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
(we will sell Catechisms for $20 if you wish to purchase one from us)
* Confirmation sponsor must:
— be a fully initiated Catholic having received Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist
— if married, have been married in the Catholic Church
— be at least 16 years of age
— provide a letter from their parish stating their active status
Continue your journey of initiation
into a deeper spiritual relationship with God
through the Sacrament of Confirmation!
Five principles of the Theology of Confirmation from the Catechism:
- Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Initiation. “Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation”. #1285
- Confirmation is a distinct sacramental rite. “The sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism on the forehead, which is done by the laying on of the hand, and through the words: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”. #1300
- Confirmation includes a unique giving of the Holy Spirit. The confirmand is “enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit”. #1285 “It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.” #1302
- Confirmation is a “ratification of Baptism”, “and the strengthening of baptismal grace”. #1289 This strengthening and ratifying is understood by a greater unity with the Church. “It renders our bond with the church more perfect.” #1303
- Confirmation provides greater power for public witness of faith. “The confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially”. #1305
The Effects of Confirmation from the Catechism (1303)
Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
— it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation [becoming adopted sons and daughters of God] which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!
— it unites us more firmly to Christ;
— it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit inn us;
— it renders 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.
Email or call Lisa in the Church Office 221-5296 to pre-register.