“Now when the apostles that 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 receive the Holy Spirit”
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. . . . We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.
~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Adults wishing to be confirmed should contact the Director of Religious Education or Fr. John about preparation.
Junior high students (or above) wishing to be confirmed should contact the Director of Religious Education. Young people in the Diocese of Youngstown are confirmed in the 8th grade or above and at Holy Spirit Parish the liturgy is celebrated every other year for those in 8th and 9th grade who have been preparing.
Preparation to receive the sacrament includes sessions for parents, candidates and sponsors on the Sacrament of Confirmation, Reconciliation, Initiation into Community, along with retreat days, overnight retreat, rites, orientation, and liturgy practice.
During the confirmation liturgy, the bishop invokes the outpouring of the Spirit in these words:
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who brought these your servants to new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, freeing them from sin: Send upon them, O Lord, the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete; give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety; fill them with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.