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Confirmation

Mattie Updyke, Writer

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During eleventh grade, the juniors have the opportunity to become confirmed within the Catholic Church. Many start their journey in the fall of their freshman year, attending various retreats, rites, church events, and classes in order to prepare to receive this Sacrament. While it is encouraged to participate in this event, it is not mandatory. At any time, Confirmation candidates can opt out of being confirmed. For those planning to receive, the three-year process culminates in a service designed specifically to celebrate the sacrament with various parishes within the diocese. Many parishes within Johnstown have different dates for the actual Confirmation, but they all have to occur during the Easter season of the Church.

What is Confirmation, and why is there a special ceremony? Being confirmed means that a person is officially grown in the eyes of the Church. The candidate is now responsible for their own faith and whatever lies ahead spiritually. At Baptism, the Holy Spirit is invoked onto the person, but at Confirmation, the Holy Spirit is joined with the Father and the Son to complete the Initiation into the Church.

What is required to be confirmed? Different parishes have different requirements, but every candidate must choose their own sponsor. They must be a confirmed adult that is a good example to the person and cannot be the parent or guardian of the candidate. Many end up choosing their godmother or father, but it can be any confirmed Catholic. Candidates also must choose their own name for Confirmation. The name must Christian; candidates often pick the name of saints, but any name from the Bible will do.

What actually happens at Confirmation? The bishop (or priest) places his hand on the candidate’s head. He takes the blessed Chrism oil and marks the person with a cross on the forehead, before saying,”Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Congratulations to all those who have received the Sacrament, and good luck!

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