The Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation, and the completion of the sacrament of Baptism.
From usccb.org: "Confirmation enriches the baptized with the strength of the Holy Spirit so that they can better witness to Christ in word and deed (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], no. 1285). Anointed by the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, Christians strengthen their bond with the Church and become better equipped to carry out the Church’s mission of love and service."
Information about 8th Grade Confirmation
At All Saints Catholic Church children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of their 8th grade year. To prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation, children must be enrolled in a formal program of catechesis either through the the parish religious education program, a local Catholic school, or an approved home school program.
Two Year Sacramental Preparation Program: Two Year Sacramental Preparation Program: In 2016-2017, The Religious Education (RE) office established a two-year sacramental preparation program for children and teens. This means that children and teens who are receiving a sacrament will need to receive two years of religious education instruction.
For example, a child who would receive First Communion in 2nd grade in 2018-2019, would need to have been enrolled in 1st grade for 2017-2018. This includes the First Communion, Confirmation, and Christian Initiation sacrament preparation.
Sacramental Preparation Registration: In order to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, all children must be registered for the sacrament with the Religious Education Office. For more information, please contact the Confirmation Coordinator, Vickie Taylor at 703-393-2142 ext. 249 or at the email address below.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.