“Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the ‘sacraments of Christian initiation,’ whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For ‘by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.’”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285
“Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit – his actions, his gifts, and his biddings – in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1309
Preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation begins in the fall of the student’s 8th grade year. Students must have completed all years of the Religious Education Program from 1st grade to 8th, and be enrolled in the parish school or Youth Ministry Program as part of the Confirmation preparation. Candidates must be present at all required Confirmation classes and retreat as well as parent/candidate meeting. The actual date for Confirmation in the Diocese of Grand Rapids will be announced by our Bishop in late fall.
Parents desiring their child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation may contact Emmanuela Ohaeri at (616) 949-4170 x247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.