What is the sacrament of Confirmation?

“The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God’s Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission.  Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John.  Jesus’ entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church.  After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world.  . . .  We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.” (USCCB)

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation  

Parent meetings for Confirmation take place during Sunday evening classes for children attending public school, as well as, those children from St. Jude Parish registered at All Saints Academy (ASA).
All eighth graders will become candidates for reception of the sacrament of Confirmation. The Confirmation ceremony is held at the Cathedral of St. Andrew each spring from the months of March-June, depending upon the dates assigned by the Bishop’s office. Candidates will begin their preparation during the summer before entering eighth grade with a summer service project. Eighth graders are expected to write a paper on a saint and to do several service projects during their eighth grade year. A Confirmation retreat is held prior to Confirmation.
For more information contact Marty Smith at (616)363-6885 or msmith@stjudes.net