In the Sacrament of Confirmation, we celebrate the completion of the presence of the Holy Spirit which we receive at baptism. This final sacrament of initiation continues to lay the foundations of our Christian life that was begun in Baptism and continued in Eucharist. Confirmation gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to bear witness to Jesus Christ by our every word and deed. Because of the fuller experience of the presence of the Holy Spirit, at Confirmation we receive a special grace by which our faith is deepened and strengthened, so that it will be strong enough not only for our own needs but for the needs of others and carry out the Church’s mission of love and service.
“Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.”
Youth Confirmation Program: Confirmation is traditionally received at the end of freshman year of high school. In the Diocese of Raleigh, Sacramental Preparation is a 2-year process, therefore, at St. Michael Confirmation Preparation begins in 8th grade and students are Confirmed in the spring (typically) of 9th grade. Please visit our Confirmation Preparation Page for our full Confirmation Preparation program for youth. Please contact [email protected] or call 919-468-6131 with questions.
Adults: In the Diocese of Raleigh, the Bishop reserves to himself the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to baptized adult Catholics. Please note that preparation for the Sacrament is required.
If you are an adult Catholic who has only received the sacrament of Baptism, and would like to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist to complete your initiation into the Catholic faith, we welcome you to the RCIA program.
If you are not a member of the Catholic faith but would be interested in becoming Catholic, you are invited to learn about the Catholic faith through RCIA. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the way in which people learn about the Catholic Church and prepare to enter more fully into the life of the Church. Meetings started in September. For additional information please contact Mary DiSano, our Director of Adult and Family Programs.