"By the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1285)
Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ. The deepened presence of the Spirit, who comes to us in this sacrament, is meant to sustain us in a lifetime of witness to Christ and service to others.
All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by water and the Holy Spirit
you freed your sons and daughters from sin
and gave them new life.
Send your Holy Spirit upon them
to be their Helper and Guide.
Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of right judgment and courage,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence.
Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
(from the Rite of Confirmation)
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops decrees that the Sacrament of Confirmation shall be conferred between the age of discretion and about sixteen years of age, within the limits determined by the diocesan bishop.
In the Diocese of Sacramento the normative age for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation of a person baptized as an infant is at grade levels 7, 8 or 9.
At Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Confirmation is conferred in the 8th grade for students who attend Our Lady of the Assumption School and students who attend local public schools and are enrolled in the parish Faith Formation program. In addition to classroom instruction for students, there is also a preparation process for parents.
Please contact the Parish Office at (916) 481-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that "the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time."(Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1306)
Each year, the Bishop of Sacramento confers the Sacrament of Confirmation upon adult Catholics who are baptized, have received Eucharist, and have had an ongoing connection with the Church on the Feast of Pentecost at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. A 6-week preparation process for adults who would like to be confirmed takes place in the spring at the parish. Interested adults should contact the Parish Office at (916) 481-5115 or email@example.com for more information.