Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “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. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”
— the Catechism of the Catholic Church
The teenage Confirmation Program is being conducted by St. Martin of Tours parish. It is a two year program that runs from September through May. For more information on Teen Confirmation, please contact Rhiannon Jensen at 310-476-7403, or go to St. Martin of Tours website.
Adult Confirmation is an integral part of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. The RCIA program, which encompasses Adult Confirmation, consists of two phases, that of inquiry and that of a catechumen.
The first phase (inquiry) is a time for questions. Set in an open atmosphere, this stage allows for the investigation of the Catholic Church: what Catholics believe, the sacraments and other matters of interest to anyone embarked on a faith journey.
The second phase (that of a catechumen) is a time of commitment. As a catechumen, and after discernment, the individual, together with others who have made a similar decision, proceeds along a spiritual path which leads toward baptism, communion, and confirmation. At this point, the focus is on various elements of Christian theology and experience: prayer, the Holy Scriptures, the sacraments, the Mass, and the Catholic life. Although the program tends to begin in the fall, people interested are welcome at any time. There is no time limit, as each faith journey is personal.
For more information on Adult Confirmation, please contact Sister Virginia Stehly at email@example.com or (310) 285-5425.