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14 June 17, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC SACRAMENTS www.upcatholic.org Changes to confirmation in the diocese BY DENISE FOYE DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE The age at which the Sacrament of Confirmation has been celebrated has changed over the last several years in the Diocese of Marquette. Most older adults in the Church were confirmed as teens. In 2003, the traditional order of the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist - was restored in our diocese. This practice continued until May 2009 when the bishop at the time, the Most Reverend Alexander Sample, ended the practice of confirming prior to First Communion and established the policy that the ordinary time of the reception of Confirmation in the Diocese of Marquette would in the 11th grade year. As a result of the 2009 change, most teens had already been confirmed and the celebration of the sacrament has been very limited. Beginning in the spring of 2017, larger numbers of our youth in the diocese will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation. The diocese has published guidelines for a two-year preparation process and recommends it be done in the context of a youth ministry model of faith forma- tion utilizing the High School Curriculum that was promulgated in January of 2013. For more information or questions about confirma- tion, contact Denise Foye, diocesan director of cat- echesis and adult faith formation by email at dfoye@ dioceseofmarquette.org. Where is the origin of Confirmation found? All seven sacraments find their origins throughout scripture. Scriptural foundations are found for confirmation in both the Old and New Testament. "Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit." Acts 8:14-17 Isn't Baptism enough? "Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the 'sacra- ments of Christian initiation,' whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace." (CCC #1285) What do we receive with Confirmation and its gift of the Holy Spirit? "The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord." Is 11:2-3 "The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: 'charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.'" (CCC #1832) Confirmation Confirmation and the Catechism JAMIE CARTER THE U.P. CATHOLIC Bishop John Doerfler annoints the head of a confirmand during the annual Diocesan Confirmation held this past April. Holy Spirit Prayer Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created. R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. More prayers available online at: http://www.ewtn.com/ Devotionals/prayers/

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