For it had not yet fallen on any them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.” (Act 8:14-17)
The sacrament of Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal gifts. It unites us more firmly to Christ by the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once grated to the apostles on the day of Pentecost, giving us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ.
Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian’s soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one’s life. [CC 1317]
This special outpouring of the Holy Spirit not only completes the baptismal grace but also brings about a closer union with Christ. Through this deeper union, those confirmed share more perfectly in God’s life as his Children and are more perfectly united with the entire family of God, the Church. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are increased in Confirmation and through them we receive the power to “be not afraid” so that we can spread and defend the Christian faith. [Mt28:19; Acts 18:9; Heb13:6].
A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both with th ecclesial community and in temporal affairs. [CC 1319]
Confirmation classes are given to the students entering the eighth grade. The sacrament is administered by Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah [Most Rev. Gregory Hartmayer] sometime between February and April. If anyone older than fourteen years of age has not received the sacrament of Confirmation, please contact the church office.
Those adults who were baptized as Catholics as infants, but have not practiced their faith since childhood nor received subsequent Sacraments are asked to join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults [RCIA].
For additional information on Confirmation please call the church office 912.355.1523.