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Just as Baptism makes us children of God and members of the Church, Confirmation is the sacrament that seals us with the gift of the Holy Spirit and strengthens us. “Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285). Like Baptism and Eucharist, Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation.

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (CCC, 1831).

“The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity” (Gal. 5:22-23); (CCC, 1832).

Every baptized person can and should receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. A confirmed person receives two callings: The first is the call to live a holy life. The second is the call to be a witness of the faith – to share their faith both by word and example.

For more information on Confirmation

Contact Mary Doerr at 636-441-0055, ext. 301 or mdoerr@stjoecot.org