The evangelist Luke wrote of the first Pentecost, “[The Apostles] were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” (Acts 2: 1-11)
The believer after being “born again” in the waters of baptism, strengthened by Christ’s Body and Blood, are fully initiated into the Church by the reception of the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit–wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, fear (reverence) of God–in the Sacrament of Confirmation. These gifts, the very life and love of God, empower the believer to be a witness and follower of Christ in the world.
At St. Martin de Porres Parish
School-aged children must be in the 9th grade to begin preparation of confirmation. Baptized adults who wish to receive Confirmation, but were not previously confirmed (CLARIFY. IN ANOTHER FAITH?), must go through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Confirmation is typically celebrated twice a year, whether at the hand of our parish priests at the Great Vigil Mass of Easter or by a visiting bishop or one of the parish priests on Pentecost Sunday.