Holy Family

Catholic Church

For More information about Confirmation please contact: Katie Lancaster,

727-526-5783 ext 28 or Katiehfym@gmail.com

Confirmation

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

Feb 4th Sunday- Confirmation Session # 2- “The Holy Spirit in Scripture”

“The Holy Spirit in Scripture”
Sponsors & Students Meeting: 10-10:45am in school Library (Sponsors should expect to get out at 11am)

Students: 10:45am-12pm – school Library  *Be sure to have chosen your Patron Saint & are working on your Saint Project!

Feb 9th Friday- Saint Project drop off!

Anytime between 3pm-5:30pm Students must drop

off/set up their projects in Diffley Hall in preparations for the Saints fair.

(Option Morning drop off: b4 school: Diffley hall will be unlocked in the morning for parents who would like to walk their child over to drop their project off at Diffley hall. Please place project on table labeled Drop Off. No adult will be present at this time.  Students: Please stop by after school if you need to set it up your presentation.)

Feb 11th- Sunday -Saints Fair!

@Diffley Hall/ after 9am Mass come promptly to Diffley hall, stand by your project and prepare to present it to all those who visit the Saints Fair!

March 4th -Sunday- Confirmation Session # 3- “Moved to Mission”

10am-12pm in the School Library 

Sun, Mar 11th Confirmation Session # 4- “The Gifts & Fruits of the Holy Spirit”

10am-12pm – School Library (Letters of request due to Fr. Morley)

March 17th -Saturday- Confirmation Retreat @ Sacred Heart Pinellas Park

@ Sacred Heart-Pinellas Park / Time:11am-6pm– Retreat is Mandatory.

March 25- Sunday- Confirmation Session #5 - “The Rite of Confirmation”

10am-12pm in the School Library 

Wed April 4th- Confirmation Practice

Meet in church /Time: 6:30-7:30pm -Come Wearing your Red Confirmation T-Shirts!

*Sponsors needed"

April 8th: Sunday- Sacrament of Confirmation 11:00 a.m. Mass --Arrive at 10:30am in Diffley Hall

 *Stay for Group Picture immediately afterward in front of Alter! All welcome to the Confirmation Reception in Diffley Hall.  The Students Confirmation certificates & gift will be at the reception.
Go make Disciples of all Nations!

Day of receiving the Holy Sacrament of Confirmation

  • Arrive at 10:30am Meet in Diffley hall with your sponsors at 10:30am

  • In Church: Students & sponsors will be seated in the middle front pews of the church. Probably the first 3 or 4 rows in the front. (Everything else you need to know will be gone over at the rehearsal on April 4th)

  • The Sacrament of Confirmation: will take place during the 11:00 Mass

  • Dress: The candidates should be dressed in the following manner: 
    Boys: in collared shirt, slacks and tie, dress shoes (of course suits always look great).  
    Girls: in a modest dress (no strapless, super tight or super short dresses please. Think Church appropriate) & dress shoes.  
    All Students should be responsible for making their forehead available for the anointing.  This means they should have a hair style that leaves the forehead uncovered or they are responsible for pushing their hair aside.

  • Photography: A photographer has been arranged for this event and all photos will be posted on the parish website afterwards for viewing and copying. Please do not feel the need to take photos yourself but relax be present and enjoy the moment of your child’s confirmation.

  • *All Students, Sponsors and Parents are asked to remain afterwards for group photos.

  • Reception at Diffley Hall: a Special Celebration will be prepared special by the Council of Catholic Women for our Confirmation class in Diffley Hall! All Students will receive their Confirmation Certificate & Confirmation gift from Holy Family over at Diffley hall after photos. Please be sure to make your way over to Diffley hall after photos are complete.

Go make Disciples of all Nations!

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Confirmation Schedule 2017

Holy Spirit Prayer

Jesus, I know now that I am Yours and You are mine forever.

Thank You for sending Your Spirit to me that I might have the

power to live this new life with You.

Stir up Your Spirit in me. Release Your Spirit in me.

Renew in me with the fullness of Your Spirit that I may experience

  • Your presence and power in my life.

  • That I may find new meaning in your Scriptures.

  • That I may find new meaning in the sacraments.

  • That I may find delight and comfort in prayer.

  • That I may be able to love as you love and forgive as You forgive.

  • That I may discover and use the gifts you give me for the life of the Church.

  • That I may experience the peace and the joy that You have promised us.

Fill me with Your Spirit, Jesus. I wish to receive all that You have

to give me.

Amen.