In Baptism we are claimed by Christ and are reborn into the Church. In that sacrament we also receive the gift of a sphragis (sfrag-ece’), or an indelible mark of faith given to “those who have trusted in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – St. Basil, 4th Century. In the Sacrament of Confirmation (conferred upon those in the 10th grade and above), students receive, and are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and are further strengthened and inspired to live a life of faith with even greater zeal.
Part of confirmation preparation is learning about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and how they enable one to live a life of personal holiness in an unholy world. Students are led toward a more intimate union with Christ and are encouraged to take seriously this step in their faith life by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for their confirmation. Our hope is that students will come to understand that confirmation is not an end, but a beginning. Parents can help their teen in this understanding by sharing the experience of their own confirmation, and how it continues to embolden their personal witness for Christ.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires two years of foundational catechesis and participation in a separate, confirmation seminar. At Our Lady of the Mountains, this seminar is comprised of three days of instruction plus an on-site retreat. Parish requirements include two years of regular attendance in Living in the Light (or other approved program) and sharing the love of Christ with others through participation in three service projects divided between church and community. Please click on the Confirmation Policies link below to learn what will be required of you and your child.
Confirmation is celebrated each school year in the spring. Please pay attention to the Living in the Light calendar and make sure that date is marked on your family’s calendar. To get you started, the Confirmation Registration form is linked below.