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   is a sacrament.
    In the Catholic
 Church, there are
      The SEVEN
sacraments can be
 divided into three
 Initiation, Mission
     and Healing.
The Seven Sacraments
           Sacraments of Initiation
           Sacraments of Mission
                 Holy Orders
           Sacraments of Healing
             Anointing of the Sick
When you are
confirmed, you will
receive the Holy
In order to receive
the Holy Spirit, you
must be baptized.
Confirmation will
make you a strong
and perfect Christian
and a soldier of
Jesus Christ.
At confirmation you receive
      the Holy Spirit.

   The Holy Spirit will
  help you continue the
   mission of our Lord.

    The Holy Spirit will
strengthen your baptismal

    The Holy Spirit will
guide you toward the truth.
                                        On the day
                                          Of your
                                         The bishop
                                          will say:
“All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit
      you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life.
         Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide.
               Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
                    the spirit of right judgment and courage,
                     the spirit of knowledge and reverence.
         Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.
                      We ask this through Christ our Lord.”
                        THE SEVEN
The Holy Spirit will   GIFTS OF THE
 give you SEVEN
                       HOLY SPIRIT
                         Right Judgment
                         Wonder & Awe
 Confirmation will make you
more perfectly connected to
   the Church. You will be
  enriched with the special
 strength of the Holy Spirit.
   So, as a true witness of
  Christ, you are obliged to
    spread and defend the
Christian faith by your words
       and your deeds.
The Sacrament of
Confirmation confers special
graces of the Holy Spirit upon
you, just like the graces that
were granted to the Apostles
on Pentecost.
On Pentecost, ten days after
the Ascension of Jesus, the
Apostles and the Blessed
Virgin Mary were gathered
together in a room.
Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, like a mighty wind,
and it filled the whole house. Tongues of fire appeared upon
every one of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
Then, they began to speak in
many different languages,
preaching the Gospel in the
languages of the people
gathered there, and about
3,000 people were converted
and baptized that day.
So, Pentecost is often called
"the birthday of the Church."
On this day, Christ's mission
on earth was completed.
Confirmation perpetuates
(keeps alive) the grace of
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
              Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enlighten
              our minds to perceive the mysteries of the
              universe in relation to eternity. Spirit of right
              judgment and courage, guide us and make us firm
              in our baptismal decision to follow Jesus' way of
              love. Spirit of knowledge and reverence, help us
              to see the lasting value of justice and mercy in
              our everyday dealings with one another. May we
              respect life as we work to solve problems of
              family and nation, economy and ecology. Spirit of
              God, spark our faith, hope and love into new
              action each day. Fill our lives with wonder and
              awe in your presence which penetrates all
              creation. Amen.
The bishop
 The minister of Confirmation is the bishop.


 They have received the sacrament of HOLY

            Bishop Francis Kane
        The structure of the church
                             The Roman Catholic church is organized into
                             sections. Each section is called a DIOCESE.
                             The United States is organized into sections too.
                             Each section is called a state.
                             Bishops are in charge of each diocese just as
                             governors are in charge of each state.
                              In each diocese there are many parishes just as
                             in each state there are many cities.
                             Pastors are in charge of parishes just as mayors
                             are in charge of cities.
The person in charge of the entire country is the president.
The person in charge of the whole Catholic Church is the Pope.
   The structure of the church

  The Pope (Benedict XVI)
                                        Benedict XVI
  The College of Cardinals (advisors
selected by the pope who also are
the men who elect each new pope.)
  The Bishops (heads of each
   The Pastors- heads of parishes
(Father Dan Costello is Pastor of St.
Thomas of Canterbury Church)
   The People of God (the
community of Catholics)
      The structure of the church
   Sometimes a DIOCESE is very large or
important in some way. A large diocese is
called an ARCHDIOCESE.
   The head of an archdiocese is an
                                             Francis Cardinal George
   Chicago is an ARCHDIOCESE.
   The archbishop in charge of the Chicago
archdiocese is FRANCIS CARDINAL
   He was named archbishop of Chicago in
1997 and then in 1998 Pope John Paul II
made him a CARDINAL.
  The DAY
  To receive Confirmation
you must be in a state of
  You should receive the
sacrament of Penance.
  Confession will cleanse
your soul for the gift of the
Holy Spirit.
The sacrament of Confirmation is
conferred through the anointing
with chrism on the forehead,
which is done by the laying on of
the hand, and through the words:
“Be sealed with the Gift of the
Holy Spirit.”
The sign of peace that concludes
the rite of the sacrament
demonstrates ecclesial
communion with the bishop, and
with all the faithful.
The bishop will lay his
hands on you.
The bishop will anoint
your forehead with chrism.
Chrism is a special
perfumed oil blessed by
the bishop on Holy
He will say: Be sealed with
the gift of the Holy Spirit
   The laying of hands

The laying on of hands signifies the descent of
the Holy Spirit.
                                Anointing with oil,
                                has been the practice
                                for confirmation since
                                the early Church.
Chrism is connected to the word Christ, which means
“anointed one.”
Oil is a symbol of strength and healing.
In the sacrament of confirmation you receive strength
to be a witness of Christ, and to do what is right and
   Anointing, in ancient Biblical
  symbolism, is rich in meaning.
Oil is a sign of abundance and joy;
             it cleanses
  (anointing before and after a bath) .
      It keeps the body flexible
(the anointing of athletes and wrestlers).
      Oil is a sign of healing,
since it is soothing to bruises and
and it makes the body radiant with
   beauty, health, and strength.

The first anointing with sacred chrism, by the
priest, happened when you were baptized.
When you are anointed
with Chrism, you will
receive the seal of the
Holy Spirit. Oil is a
symbol of strength and
A seal is a symbol of a
person, a sign of
personal authority, or
ownership of an object.
Sponsors are role models
of faith. Their task is to
give support and
inspiration to you in your
life as a Christian.
The role of the sponsor is
to help you remain firm
and strong in the Catholic
The sponsor should also
be well instructed in the
Catholic faith.
The sponsor is a good Catholic
who has already been
confirmed and is at least 18
years old.
Discuss the person you would
like to be your sponsor with
your parents and guardians.
The sponsor should come to
the church on the day of your
confirmation and stand next to
you during the ceremony.
                                It is a tradition in the
                                Church that the candidate
                                assumes a new name for
                                A new name is a sign of a
                                new life and a new way of

Your parents most likely spent a lot of time and thought on
your name. Maybe they honored a relative and named you
after that person. Now it is your turn to choose a good
name for yourself.
                            The name you choose should
                            be taken from a saint whose life
                            and virtues you would wish to
                            copy and follow.
                            It is important to learn as much
                            as you can about your patron
                            saint. You will do some
                            research on saints in class.
You are asking this saint to be your friend and advocate for
life when you take his or her name. Choose carefully and
wisely. You may pray to your saint and ask for guidance
from time to time as you get older.
Letter to the
You will write a letter to the Bishop explaining why you want to be
Confirmed and what you have done to prepare yourself for this
sacrament. You do this because he should KNOW YOU. YOU ARE
SPECIAL, and since he confirms you as a group, this is the only way
he will get to KNOW YOU. Your letter will include:
1. An introduction. Explain a little about who you are, your name, age, who you
live with, and anything else you think is interesting.
2. Why you would like to be confirmed.
3. What service projects you have been involved in, if any.
4. What Confirmation name you chose and what led you to that choice.
5. What you have learned about your faith, and how you hope to live your faith
after Confirmation.
This gives you an opportunity to be thoughtful of your decision and it
gives the Bishop some insight into you as a person of faith.
Precepts of
the church

 Duties the
requires of
   all the
To keep Sunday holy. To worship God
by going to Mass every Sunday and
holy day of obligation. To avoid
activities that would hurt the renewal of
body and soul.
To lead a sacramental life. To receive
Holy Communion frequently and the
Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly.
To study Catholic teaching in
preparation for Confirmation, to be
confirmed, and then to continue to
study and advance the cause of Christ.
To observe the marriage laws of the
Church. To give religious training, by
example and word, to your children.
To use parish schools and religious
To strengthen and support the Church
– your own parish community and the
worldwide Church.
To do penance, including abstaining
from meat and fasting from food on
the appointed days.
Corporal and Spiritual
   Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy                  The Spiritual Works of Mercy
To feed the hungry                            To teach the ignorant
To give drink to the thirsty                  To give advice to the doubtful
To clothe the naked                           To help sinners
Visit those in prison                         To be patient with others
To visit the sick                             To forgive offences willingly
Shelter the homeless                          To comfort those who suffer
To bury the dead                              To pray for the living and the dead

                    The corporal works of mercy are about the body.
                    The spiritual works of mercy are about the soul.
        Ten commandments
1. I am the Lord your God; your shall not have strange Gods before me.
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
The sermon on the mount

               The greatest
             sermon Jesus ever
               The Lord's prayer,
             the Beatitudes, and
             the Golden Rule are
             in this sermon.
              The beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the sorrowing; they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek; they shall inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they will
   be satisfied.
Blessed are they who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs.
Blessed are the clean of heart; for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers; they will be called children of
Blessed are those persecuted for holiness’ sake; theirs is the
   kingdom of heaven.
       The lord’s prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy
kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in
heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us
our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against
us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now
and for ever. Amen.
                  Hail mary
Hail, Mary! Full of grace,
The Lord is with thee;
Blessed are thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
                   Glory be
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.

      Act of contrition
O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,
and I detest all my sins, because of Thy just punishments,
but most of all because I have offended Thee, my God,
Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly
resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and
avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.
                Holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
                  Apostles creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all
that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true
God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were
made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the
Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate; suffered, died and was buried. On the third day he rose again in
fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand
of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and of his
kingdom there will be no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is
worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy
catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. AMEN.
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on
earth. Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father,
we worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for
Your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord
God, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us; You are seated at the right hand of the
Father: receive our prayer. For You alone are the Holy One,
You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of the Father.
              Lamb of god
Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins of the world,
grant them peace.