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Confirmation

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.  High School aged youth prepare to receive the Sacrament within a basic framework of two years.  Students meet once a week on Tuesdays and Mondays from 7:00PM to 9:00PM in Potthoff Hall.  Contact Celia Flores, Director at (909) 861-7106 Ext. 143 or via email at cflores@stdenis.org.

The 2013-2014 Confirmation program is now accepting registration.  Please note the following:

  1. Registration Fee:  $95.00.  Deposit of $30 is due with registration and balance due as soon as possible.  (A copy of the student's baptisimal certificate is required.)
  2. Orientation is mandatory for Parents, Guardians and Sponsors.
  3. Students are permitted to miss a maximum of 3 excused absences.
  4. Service Hours will be required to completed by each student.
  5. Family Gatherings and Family Assemblies will be mandated.

To register online, for CONFIRMATION I please click HERE

To register online, for CONFIRMATION II please click HERE.
 

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)

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