Confirmation is the sacrament by which those born anew in baptism receive the seal of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation perfects the sacramental grace of Baptism. Along with Baptism and the Eucharist, Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation into the full life of the Catholic Church. 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, they are true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. The Catholic catechism states:
"It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost." Catechism of the Catholic Church #1302
1) If your child is under the age of 18: The practice of the local Church of the Diocese of Grand Island is that those who have completed a Confirmation prepration program and are of the age of 16 or 17 are confirmed by the bishop (for St. Patrick's parish, the fall of their Junior year of high school). Contact the Director of Religious Education at (308) 532-0942 for questions. The requirements of the preparation program can be found on our Religious Education website.
2) If you or your child is over the age of 18: If you have been baptized in the Catholic Church but never received the sacrament of Confirmation, we invite you to join our RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). For more information about this program, please contact the parish office at (308) 532-0942.