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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. Lord, 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. Amen.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26)

The Sacrament of Confirmation is a sacrament that completes the grace that is given to us in our Baptism by sealing the Holy Spirit in us. The Holy Spirit comes to us through Confirmation to cloth us with the power from on high to be witnesses of Christ’s love and mercy to the world. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that we receive at Baptism are made STRONGER through Confirmation: WISDOM, COUNSEL, PIETY, UNDERSTANDING, FORTITUDE, KNOWLEDGE, and FEAR OF THE LORD.

What to know more? Here is a link to a series of short videos that explain the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. (


Some might ask how a third grader could do this?! We must remember that our youth are facing things today that we did not face until we were much older. We must give them the strength of the sacraments to lean on during these times! We also must remember that our faith journey doesn’t END with the receiving of sacraments, but BEGINS a new chapter. As our children continue to learn about the Catholic faith after they receive Confirmation, they will continue to grow in their relationship with and understanding of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in their life.

Here are some of the amazing effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation on our souls and in our lives taken from Signs of Grace:

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  • In his Letter to the Romans, Saint Paul calls the Holy Spirit the “Spirit of adoption” by which we call God our Father (Romans 8:15). In Confirmation, we are strengthened in our identity as children of God so that we can always be confident in God’s fatherly love for us.

  • Confirmation unites us more closely to Jesus and helps us to be more like him.

  • Confirmation helps us to be faithful to the grace given to us in our Baptism and to respond to the daily graces given to us through our Baptism.

  • Confirmation also gives further grace to fight against the inclination to sin that remains after Baptism. This grace helps us to follow our conscience, and to live out our call to ongoing conversion – to turn away from sin and to live as Disciples of Christ.

  • Confirmation increases the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit in us to help us be holy followers of Jesus.

  • Confirmation unites us more closely to God’s family, the Church.

  • And in Confirmation we receive the power of the Holy Spirit to go out and to be witnesses of Jesus through our words and actions – just like the Apostles at Pentecost.

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