The second Sacrament of Initiation.
"What have I done with my baptism and confirmation? Is Christ really at the center of my life? Do I have time for prayer in my life? Do I live my life as a vocation and mission?"
-Pope St. John Paul II
Completion and fulfillment
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a completion and fulfillment of the Sacrament of Baptism that fully initiates the individual into the life of the Church. It's not Catholic graduation, but really just the beginning of Catholic life.
Because this Sacrament signifies being fully initiated and involved in the life of the Church, teens wishing to take the Sacrament seriously must enter into the Sacrament in their own freedom.
When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
The Sacrament of Confirmation further initiates the baptized. In particular, it strengthens the fruit of the Holy Spirit received in Baptism, unites one more closely to the life of the Church, and commissions the recipient to a life of mission to spread the Gospel in word and deed.
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Requirements for Confirmation
It is a sacrament celebrated only once in life, and is only available to those who have been previously baptized. In the Diocese of Pensacola––Tallahassee the Sacrament is normally celebrated for those in their freshmen year of High School.
For those who were Baptized as Catholics as children, the Sacrament must be celebrated by the Bishop during a visit to the parish. If you are high school aged or older, please contact Fr. Matt Worthen to begin the process of preparation to receive this Sacrament.
For Baptized Protestants
For those who were baptized as Protestants as children, the Sacrament will be celebrated by the parish priest at an appropriate time. This is done in the same Mass that the person is received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Recipients in this situation go through most of the RCIA process. Regardless of age, please contact Fr. Matt Worthen to begin the RCIA process of preparation to receive this Sacrament.
For those Unbaptized
For those who have never been baptized and are the age of 7 or older, the Sacrament of Confirmation is received in the same Mass where Baptism is received. Recipients in this situation must go through the full RCIA process of preparation to receive this Sacrament.