Confirmation brings to completion the grace received through baptism. By this sacrament the baptized are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched by the strength of the Holy Spirit.

This gift conforms believers more fully to Christ and strengthens them to bear witness to Christ for the building up of his body in faith and love.

Beginning in 2010, the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist will no longer be administered together to children in the second grade in the Diocese of Greensburg. As a result of the development of a new and comprehensive Catechetical Curriculum for Grades Pre-K through 8, a process to raise the age of reception for the Sacrament of Confirmation to children in the eighth grade was begun. The current practice for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Greensburg would be enhanced by a catechetical and pastoral model that will continue to advance and deepen the understanding of this life-giving sacrament for children, youth, young adults and adults.

The next scheduled Confirmation class for our region will be the spring of 2013. Children who have received their first Penance and Communion should continue to be enrolled in and attending CCD until then. Children who are in the fourth grade during the 2012 – 2013 school year will be prepared for reception of this sacrament according to the guidelines set up by the diocese.

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