Why Do We Celebrate Confirmation?

At Confirmation, the Baptized become more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. They, as witnesses of Christ, are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. To be confirmed means to make a “covenant” in an exchange of persons with God. In this covenant, we are given the gifts of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety and the spirit of the fear of the Lord. The Church also speaks of the Fruits of the Spirit. These are the good things that result when we allow ourselves to be deeply guided by the Holy Spirit. The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Chastity and Self-Control.

The next Confirmation Prep Parent/Student Session will be held on Monday, January 10th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. An updated Confirmation Prep schedule will be distributed in January. Please contact James Kachman at jameskac@umich.edu if you have any questions.

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