The Sacrament of Confirmation
"Confirmation is the sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God's child and asks for God's Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with chrism receives the strength to witness to God's love and might in word and deed. He or she is now a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285-1314)
For further information regarding preparation for the sacraments of initiation, please contact Georgette Dionne, at 553-9076.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
These are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord
These seven gifts, part of sanctifying grace, complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make us docile in obeying divine inspirations without need for reflection but always with full consent.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are greater than the theological and cardinal virtues. The virtues operate to the limits of human power and volition, but the gifts bring divine assistance.
We are to pray to the Holy Spirit and ask for one of these gifts. If He gives us a gift, we may ask for another, and so on.