The Sacrament of Confirmation, a sealing and strengthening, “confirms” the indwelling of the Holy Spirit begun in Baptism. When a baptized person is confirmed he/she receives in a special way the gifts of the Holy Spirit to guide and assist in living the gospel and in giving witness to Christ in the world.
Young adults who were baptized as infants are invited to the Sacrament of Confirmation during their High School years. If the young person discerns that he or she is ready to re-affirm the faith into which he/she was baptized and continue to participate in the life of the church community, the young person participates in a series of faith-sharing gatherings that explore our Catholic faith and its implications for living in today’s world. The gatherings usually take place on Sunday evenings during the school year.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually celebrated for our young people at a special liturgy presided over by the Bishop at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester.
Adults who have not been confirmed are invited to participate in a series of small group faith-sharing gatherings specifically geared to adults. Those participating are usually confirmed at the Easter Vigil (the night preceding Easter Sunday) or at a special celebration held at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Worcester.