In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the promises of baptism are made whole. As one of the sacraments of initiation, Confirmation is intended to draw the faithful into deeper communion with God and His Church. The anointing with sacred chrism recalls the anointing of each Christian after their baptism as "priest, prophet, and king." When the bishop speaks the words "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" as he anoints the forehead with oil, his actions both symbolize and actually confer a spiritual seal. This seal, or mark, constitutes an outpouring of God's grace through the Divine action of the Holy Spirit.
In Confirmation, we are united with Christ as God's children and with the Church as His body here on earth. The gifts of the Holy Spirit–present within us as a result of our baptism–are strengthened and perfected, enabling the confirmed Christian to live a life worthy of the Gospel.
At the Catholic Community of South Baltimore, youth Confirmation classes occur every two years for children in the 8th-9th grade age range. In order to be eligible to participate in the Confirmation class, children must have been enrolled in parish religious education classes or a catholic school for at least one year prior to the commencement of the Confirmation class.
Registration forms for Confirmation classes will be available as the date draws closer. Parents of children enrolled in 8th and 9th grade religious education will be sent registration forms directly. If you have any questions, please contact the Pastor, Fr. Patrick Carrion, at firstname.lastname@example.org.