And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind; and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.... (Acts 2:2-4a)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls Confirmation the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit, where the baptized are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and strengthened for service to the Body of Christ, called to carry on the mission of the resurrected Christ to the world, through the power of the Paraclete, who will not leave us orphans. Those who are confirmed breathe the Life of the resurrected Christ to their sisters and brothers.
At St. Joseph Parish, the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation takes place in October or early November. Candidates are required to have an interview and make a retreat prior to the reception of the sacrament. For more information, please visit the IPRF website.
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
RCIA is the process for adults who are not baptized, those who are baptized in a different Christian denomination and baptized Catholics who seek Confirmation and Eucharist. Preparation sessions are held Sunday morning beginning Sunday, September 22nd. Sessions give an in-depth overview of the Catholic Church and provide skills in scripture, prayer and Christian living. The process is enhanced by the companionship of an RCIA Team, sponsor, personal visits and support of a Catholic community. Catechumens and candidates are received into the church and celebrate the Easter sacraments at the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil. Contact Deacon Mark Farrell, Pastoral Associate with questions or to register, 734-7195.