The Sacrament of Confirmation
Come, O Creator Spirit blest!
And in our souls take up Thy rest:
Come, with Thy grace and heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is that sacrament by which, through the laying on of hands, the anointing with chrism, and through prayer, the baptized are strengthened by the Holy Spirit in order to profess and defend the faith and live up to it faithfully. Confirmation completes the graces of baptism, and is indeed one of the three Sacraments of Initiation along with Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that "the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time," for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete.
Confirmation Retreat (for rising 11th & 12th graders)
Although Confirmation can be celebrated validly at any age, it is the current practice of the Diocese of Tulsa that the Sacrament of Confirmation is normally celebrated during the Junior year of high school after two years of preparation (10th and 11th grade). As we strive to engage and equip our youth, we are evolving the Confirmation experience. St. Anne will now offer a 5-day intensive retreat every August that mixes Catholic theology with hands-on experience. The retreat will culminate at Mass with the Sacrament of Confirmation, celebrated by Bishop Konderla! To find out more please contact Jonathan Harris at JHarris@stanneba.org.
Confirmation for Adults
If you are a Catholic young adult or adult who has not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please email Kathy Erickson at RCIA@stanneba.org. We will be happy to prepare you in a manner appropriate to your circumstances.