Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17).
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded.
Confirmation (meaning to make fast or sure) perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament in which we ask the Holy Spirit 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.
Confirmation for Youth
Confirmation classes review the meaning of each Sacrament of Initiation and the importance of the Mass and personal prayer. Confirmation is administered by the Archbishop (or his auxillary) in late Spring.
Regular Mass attendance and parent involvement is crucial and required to properly prepare for this Sacrament.
Confirmation for Adults aged 16 and older
Baptized Catholics aged 16 and older who never received the Sacrament of Confirmation may prepare for this Sacrament in a variety of ways. To learn more, please contact Director of Faith Formation, Walt Sears, at 206-732-7345, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.