***Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation is a two-year process. Children are to be in religious education or faith formation classes one year prior to the year in which the sacrament is to be received.Please contact the religious education office for enrollment information: 651-674-7382 or email
Sacramental Preparation at St. Gregory the Great is a collaboration of the parents as primary teachers of their child, catechists, and the community of faith as experienced through Sunday Liturgies.
Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God's fidelity to us.
The sacrament of confirmation completes the sacrament of baptism. If baptism is the sacrament of re-birth to a new and supernatural life, confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. The real confession of Christ consist in this 'that the whole man submits himself to Truth, in the judgment of his understanding, in the submission of his will and in the consecration of his whole power of love . . . To do this, poor-spirited man is only able when he has been confirmed by God's grace'
This confirmation in the power of the Holy Spirit leading to a firm profession of faith has always been the particular effect which Catholic tradition has ascribed to the sacrament. It is effect which complements and completes that of baptism.
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