Confirmation

For Young Adults in Religious Education:

During Confirmation, seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are given and received. These gifts are accompanied by fragrant chrism oil. The feel and the smell of the oil remind the newly confirmed that the Holy Spirit has conferred blessings and sacred gifts.

There is a two year formation process to prepare candidates for Confirmation. The formation process includes two years of classroom instruction as well as spiritual formation supported by service and retreat.

All components must be completed before Father John will declare the candidate ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

For more information contact:

Melissa Lachut
Director of Religious Education, St. Mary Church
860-742-0681
religiousedstm@gmail.com

or

Beth Fiddler
Director of Religious Education, St. Thomas Aquinas Church
860-742-0681
religiousedsta@gmail.com

For Adults: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process in which a person who is not baptized or baptized in another faith denomination, has not received instruction, first communion, or confirmation, journeys with others like them and other Catholics to be fully initiated in the Catholic faith. It is a process of formation. There are four steps in this formation process which culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The parish community, through its prayers, witness, worship, service, and catechesis, offers the invitation and support for the men and women to be initiated into the Catholic Church. Weekly meetings are held beginning in September.

For more information contact:

Dick McKee
rlmckee@snet.net