“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”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:
All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water in the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be there helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. We asked us through Christ our Lord. Amen