At Confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)
Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:
Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)
Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.
After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).
Confirmation at St. Hugo (8th grade)
Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation takes place concurrently with the 8th grade level curriculum in both the after school Religious Education Program and in St. Hugo School. A portion of the sacrament preparation takes place at home and requires the participation of parents and Confirmation sponsor. Click here for the Sacrament Preparation Meeting Schedule. Attendance at these meetings is a requirement for both parents and children.
Sacrament Preparation for Children attending Catholic Schools other than St. Hugo School
Students who attend a Catholic school other than St. Hugo School are still expected to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Hugo, their home parish. We welcome these students and look forward each year to having them join with the Religious Education and St. Hugo School students in the preparation for, and celebration of, these sacraments.
We ask that parents do the following:
- Register your child for the sacrament through the Religious Education Office; they coordinate the Sacrament Preparation program for the entire parish.
- Plan on attending the meetings WITH YOUR CHILD that relate to Confirmation. Please refer to the Sacrament Preparation Meeting Schedule.
- Work together with your child at home to complete the sacrament preparation materials that we will provide.
- Bring your child to one to two practices in church prior to Confirmation.
Three times a year (fall, winter and spring), Confirmation preparation sessions are offered to prepare adults or high school students for the celebration of Confirmation.
Confirmation may be received at different times throughtout the year; first at the parish celebration at St. Hugo of the Hills, or second and third at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Christ the King Sunday or Pentecost Sunday at the 11:00 AM Mass. The Archdiocese of Detroit recommends that adults and high school students be encouraged to participate in their parish celebration. When this is not possible, adults and high school students are invited to participate in the Cathedral's Confirmation ceremonies.
It is a very simple three step process:
- You need to have been baptized and received Communion in the Catholic Church. If not, you need to register for the RCIA process.
- You need to attend the appropriate Confirmation preparation sessions which are held on three Sunday mornings from 9-10 AM in the Parish Office Conference Room. Candidates for Confirmation are asked to complete all three sessions before the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. You are asked to bring to the first session a recent copy of your Baptismal Certificate with notations. Please contact the church of your baptism and request a "new" Baptismal Certificate with notations (issued within six months). You need to choose a Confirmation sponsor. A Confirmation sponsor must be over sixteen years of age; be a practicing Catholic who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; and not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed (cf. CCC 874). Canon Law further states: "It is desirable that the one who undertook the role of sponsor at Baptism be sponsor for Confirmation" (CCC 893).
- You need to select the date for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Contact Sr. Barbara Rund, OP at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for Confirmation or RCIA.
February 11, 2017 at St. Hugo of the Hills - 11:00 am
Winter Adult Confirmation Prep
- Session 1 = Sunday, Jan 8 9-10 am
- Session 2 = Sunday, Jan 15 9-10 am
- Session 3 = Sunday, Jan 22 9-10 am
June 4, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament - 11:00 am
Spring Adult Confirmation Prep
- Session 1 = Sunday, April 30 9-10 am
- Session 2 = Sunday, May 14 9-10 am
- Session 3 = Sunday, May 21 9-10 am