Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation that is closely connected to Baptism and Eucharist. Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." Confirmation completes and deepens the grace of Baptism and leads us to the Eucharist.
Eucharist is the culmination of full initiation into the Catholic Church. Like Baptism, Confirmation is received only once, for it leaves an indelible spiritual mark on the soul. Like Baptism, Confirmation is a free gift of grace that comes from the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
First Eucharist and Confirmation in the Diocese of Fargo, are usually celebrated when students are in the 3rd grade. Students will prepare for these sacraments with monthly meetings, parent and children conversations, and a final meeting with the priest. Please contact Bethany Fehr, Youth Ministry Coordinator, with any questions, or concerns by email at [email protected] or phone (746-1454).