Confirmation is first celebrated by the parish at the Easter Vigil (the night before Easter Sunday) for people involved with the RCIA and also celebrated at one Mass during the year for students enrolled in Religious Education.
Please contact Mary Fortunate at : St. Basil (586) 772-5434.
“But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.” -2 Corinthians 1:21-22 “Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.”
Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation. The development of Confirmation as a rite and sacrament in itself coincides with the growth of the Christian Church. Confirmation is the anointing on the forehead of a baptized person with Chrism. From the beginning of the Church, those who were baptized were always given this seal by the head of a local Christian community (today called a bishop). As the Church grew, bishops appointed co-workers (priests) to celebrate the Sacraments on a day to day basis for parish communities. Bishops made it their practice as head of a local Church to visit all the communities of Christians under their care. During those visits, the bishop would confirm any baptisms that had taken place by sealing the baptized person with Chrism.
Confirmation deepens a baptized person’s communion with the Christian community. It also connects the individual to the Church on a broader level. Confirmation celebrates a deepening of the gifts of the Holy Spirit first given to a person at baptism and renewed and enriched in each celebration of the Eucharist.