Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God’s fidelity to us. Confirmation is regarded as the perfection of Baptism, because, as the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation states: 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. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.(www.americancatholic.org;www.catholic.org)
It also means accepting responsibility for your faith and your destiny. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the disciples on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) and gave them courage to practice their faith.
St. Joseph Church is committed to the Catholic formation of its public school and home school children. To enroll your child in classes or to learn more about the programs, contact Judy Virtue or Chris Baltes in the Youth Formation office at 419-893-7025.