The preparation process for Confirmation aims to help candidates understand a fundamental teaching of the Catholic faith:
My life is not my own, but the Lord's. Everything I experience as my life is a pure, undeserved gift from the Creator.
This life-giving gift is called grace. Confirmation completes the graces of Baptism.
This does not mean Confirmation is necessary for salvation; rather, the Baptismal candidate receives the grace of God unknowingly as an infant while the Confirmation candidate receives the grace of knowing this grace. Encountering the reality of grace opens the candidate to receive the Holy Spirit, given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ for the sake of living our Catholic identity as missionary disciples (Acts 1:8).
"...the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding. A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge, and of fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be the fear of the Lord." - Isaiah 11:2-3
Confirmation is not a "graduation" or "rite of passage". This sacrament fortifies our candidates with:
Preparing for Confirmation in a relaxed, positive environment stimulates learning
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