"In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit..." - Ephesians 1:13
Confirmation at St. Brendan
The Bishop is the ordinary minister of confirmation. He typically confers this sacrament on Catholics who have reached 7th grade or are around the age of 12. Preparation for this sacrament is handled on the parish level over the course of several months prior to the Bishop's visit.
To inquire about Confirmation, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In an emergency or in certain other special circumstances (e.g., when baptizing someone age 7 or older or receiving baptized Christians into the Catholic Church) a priest may confer Confirmation.
Confirmation for Adults
It sometimes happens that a person is baptized Catholic but for whatever reason is never confirmed. Adult Catholics who have not yet been confirmed should make arrangements to receive this sacrament. Please contact the pastor to discuss the matter.
Sealed With the Gift of the Spirit
“The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life…The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life”
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God's Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John. Jesus' entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. . . . We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.
You can learn more about Confirmation, prayers and preparation on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website.
Changing The Age of Confirmation in Our Diocese
For information and frequently asked questions regarding changing the age of confirmation within the Diocese of Jefferson City, please visit the Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Education’s confirmation page.