What is Confirmation?
Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or "confirm" the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285)
What is the restored order of the sacraments?
An increasing number of dioceses and parishes in the United States are adopting a restored order policy for the celebration of the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. This means, quite simply, that it becomes standard policy for Catholics who were baptized in infancy to receive Confirmation before First Communion, not after. Practically speaking, this means that the two sacraments are received at the First Communion Mass, with Confirmation being celebrated after the homily.
Do you need to make your Confirmation? We can help you. Give us a call to find out more. Contact the Office of Faith Formation at 207-282-4812 or email Donna.Caron@portlanddiocese.org.