Catholic Faith » Confirmation Preparation for Adults
Adult Catholics (ages 18 and older) who have been baptized, received First Eucharist and are practicing their faith but have not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to participate in a preparation program.
Interested adults must inform the pastor or a member of the parish staff in their home parish that they wish to prepare for the sacraments. They will then be advised of the process for this preparation and what is required of the candidate.
Preparation program schedules differ, but most involve six to eight sessions. They may take place weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, and may be offered by the parish, or several parishes collaborating on Adult Confirmation preparation. You will be advised of the options in your area. For questions about Adult Confirmation, please contact the Office of the Catechumenate at (603) 663-0172.
The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace…
“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.” -CCC, no. 1285, citing LG, no. 11
Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
-CCC, no. 1303
Those adults who were baptized Catholic and received the Sacrament of First Eucharist, but did not have an opportunity for further religious education instruction or who were not regularly practicing their faith, may be directed to the RCIA process. However, since the ordinary minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation is a bishop, these adults in the RCIA process who will receive just the Sacrament of Confirmation will participate in the diocesan celebration unless permission is granted by the bishop for a priest to confirm for special reasons. The diocesan celebration is held during the Easter season.
In order to have a balanced theology of Confirmation, five principles must be kept in mind.
“I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” Mark 13:11. The words of Mark’s gospel remind us of God’s invitation to share in the grace – filled journey of life. We pray that the Sacrament of Confirmation will deepen your relationship with the Lord, your parish community and the Church.
For more information, please contact:
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
Fax: (603) 669-0377
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