Rite of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation confers special graces of the Holy Spirit upon the person being confirmed just as such graces were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost. Like Baptism, it can only be performed once; Confirmation increases and deepens all of the graces granted at Baptism. Each confirmand must have been baptized and in the state of grace. As a successor to the apostles, upon whom the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost the First Confirmation, the bishop is the minister of Confirmation. The Church stresses this connection of confirmation, through the bishop, to the ministry of the apostles. The 8th graders of the Parish School of Religion and St. Joseph School will be prepared to be receive this Sacrament at a scheduled Mass in the Spring of 2018. Service hours, a service essay and attendance at a Confirmation Retreat are among the requirements. The Saint Joseph Confirmation Retreat is scheduled for March 9-12 2018 at The Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, Texas.