Sacrament of Confirmation

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

Programs and Contact Information

7 & 8th Grade Program

We prepare students from our Parish School and Children’s Faith Formation for Confirmation. Classes are taught using a catechumenal approach which is similar to the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process.  Our Confirmation team consists of high school students who went through the Confirmation Program at Saint Cecilia and are now responsible for leading and facilitating our Confirmation classes and retreat. Our Confirmation students meet once a month on a Sunday at the 9:30am family mass then proceed to the Lower Church from 10:45am to 1:00pm for Confirmation Class.  Our Confirmation students are required to attend a weekend retreat and perform community service.  Registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year.  

For more information regarding Children’s Faith Formation, please call (415) 664-8481 or email Mary Molly

Adult Formation for Confirmation

Please contact Deacon Rory Desmond at or call (415) 664-8481.