What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is the last Sacrament to complete a Catholic’s initiation into the Catholic faith. You are sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened to continue your journey within the faith! You must have received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion to receive this Sacrament. If you are looking to receive Baptism and First Communion, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 813-961-3023.
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.
“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).
What is Youth Confirmation Program?
Confirmation sacramental preparation is a two-year process that typically begins in seventh grade. We also provide a separate preparation program for high school students. The information on this webpage is for second-year confirmation students only.
Public School Candidates: Students are required to attend all Faith Formation classes and mandatory workshops, retreats, and events throughout the school year to meet the requirements for confirmation sacramental preparation.
For more information, please contact:
(813) 961-3023 ext. 3382
Faith Formation Class Times
Monday 6:00pm-7:15pm OR Wednesday 6:00pm-7:15pm
During summer months confirmation candidates are encouraged to volunteer as leaders in Vacation Bible School, to attend Mass even when out of town, and to keep an eye in the bulletin for retreats and social gatherings.
Note: In order to attend Faith Formation classes, you must be registered parishioners at St. Paul Catholic Church.