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Weekly Reflection

Confirmation

01-17-2021Jen Arnold, M.A. in Theology and Catechetics

This week, as we continue our examination of the seven Sacraments, we will take a closer look at the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Catechism places Confirmation after Baptism because this Sacrament is the completion of the graces received at Baptism. “For ‘by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed’” (CCC #1285). So, the graces received at baptism are fortified by the graces received in Confirmation in order to strengthen the faithful in their call to evangelize and defend the Faith.

Confirmation was instituted by Christ Himself and uses physical means to communicate heavenly realities, which, if you recall from last week, are the two defining components of a sacrament. Jesus promised an outpouring of the Holy Spirit many times to His disciples. These promises came to their fulfillment on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit descended upon the upper room and empowered the Apostles to go out and proclaim to the thousands gathered “the mighty works of God” in their own languages. Then those who were converted also received the gifts of the Holy Spirit (CCC #1286). Further, there are three New Testament scriptural references (Acts 8:15-17, Acts 19:5-6, Hebrews 6:2) in which the Apostles apply the laying on of hands – imparting the gifts of the Spirit – after Baptism. This illustrates that the teaching they received from Jesus was to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation following Baptism, in order to complete and fulfill the baptismal graces (CCC #1288). The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, thereby, go hand in hand.

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St. Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi Conference

St. Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi Conference ministry offersassistance to local community members of all faiths.

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Men of St. Joseph Corpus Christi Men’s Ministry Upcoming 2021 Events

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We will continue our monthly speaker nights and, because of the very positive feedback, we will be holding another virtual book club!

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Men of St. Joseph Corpus Christi Men’s Ministry Upcoming 2021 Events

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We will continue our monthly speaker nights and, because of the very positive feedback, we will be holding another virtual book club!

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Grief Recovery

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Catholic-based grief process developed by Sr. Mauryeen O’Brien, OP
Nine-week program
Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Jan 28 – Mar 25

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12th Annual Nun Run

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The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration of Tonopah, AZ, invite you to participate in a 5krun/walk or 1-mile walk on Sat, Mar 6 in Tempe, AZ. For more information, please visit desertnunrun.com.