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.

Confirmation Spring 2023


Confirmation (incoming 8th graders)

Confirmands will have the opportunity to complete the 14 works of mercy with their peers in collaboration with Catholic charities and organizations. Students will also study the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Bible, the theology of the body, and other Catholic literary works. Throughout the year, students will meet for Socratic discussion with an emphasis on adoration, spiritual warfare, Lectio Divina, and the lives of the saints, usually on Friday nights.

At the end of October, confirmands will participate in a one-day retreat at Our Lady of the Fields in Brighton. This retreat will include Mass, Reconciliation, lectures, prayer, and outdoor activities including a high ropes course and rosary walk. Please contact Alisa Maile with any questions: aamaile7@gmail.com

St. Thomas the Apostle Church