Tag: Confirmation

The transformative effects of confirmation

The transformative effects of confirmation

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Confirmation intensifies the gift of the Holy Spirit received at baptism. It is transformative. The person who is confirmed is changed. The recipient is no longer a child or beginner in the spiritual life, dependent upon the faith of others, but rather a full-fledged adult Catholic.

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The biblical basis for confirmation

The biblical basis for confirmation

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Confirmation is a sacrament instituted by Christ and established in sacred Scripture.

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Religious education continues in different format during pandemic

Religious education continues in different format during pandemic

| Carol Zimmermann | April 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

When parishes announced they were no longer having public Masses or church events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this brought typical religious education classes, youth retreats and preparation programs for first Communion and confirmation across the country to a stop or at least sent them in a slightly different direction.

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Confirmation basics

Confirmation basics

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments, and it belongs to a special group of sacraments, the sacraments of initiation, along with baptism and Eucharist.

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Confirmation: The next series on the sacraments

Confirmation: The next series on the sacraments

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The objective of this column is to help Catholics, in particular, as well as anyone else who has a desire to learn about our beliefs, to better understand the basic teachings of the Catholic faith. The sacraments are an excellent place to start because they have such a central role in the spiritual life. So important, in fact, that an “active Catholic” is defined as someone who is receiving the sacraments.

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36 baptized at St. Alphonsus Easter Vigil

36 baptized at St. Alphonsus Easter Vigil

| May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Easter Vigil Mass had an international flavor at St. Alphonsus in Brooklyn Center April 20.

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Confirmation gives Catholics strength to be led by God, pope says

Confirmation gives Catholics strength to be led by God, pope says

| Carol Glatz | May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Everyone who has received the sacrament of confirmation has received the gift of the Holy Spirit, who guides them and gives them the strength to follow God’s will, Pope Francis said.

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The power of the Holy Spirit at confirmation

The power of the Holy Spirit at confirmation

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Confirmation imparts the gift of the Holy Spirit. The person who receives this sacrament has already received the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of baptism, and the Holy Spirit abides with a person always. The Holy Spirit comes when a person prays or reads Scripture, or when a person asks the Holy Spirit for guidance, inspiration or courage. Confirmation is not the new arrival of the Holy Spirit, but rather an intensification of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

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Confirmation challenge: Building teens’ lifelong faith foundation

Confirmation challenge: Building teens’ lifelong faith foundation

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

A year ago high school sophomore Brianna Woitalla attended confirmation classes at her parish, St. Michael in St. Michael, only because her parents required it.

This year she looks at it differently.

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Pentecost plus: Holy Spirit feast draws two into the Church

Pentecost plus: Holy Spirit feast draws two into the Church

| June 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

On Pentecost Sunday, Bob and Mary Johnson proudly came down the center aisle and took their place in the front two pews. This was a special day for the group, with two of the Johnsons’ clients stepping forward to be received into the Catholic Church.

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Latino parishes celebrate confirmation

Latino parishes celebrate confirmation

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Cathedral of St. Paul was packed to the limit June 14, as friends and families gathered to witness the confirmation of 334 youth and young adults from the 14 Latino parishes in the archdiocese. Bishop Andrew Cozzens was the presider.

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The making of a bishop

The making of a bishop

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

A look back at Bishop Cozzens’ childhood and formation, in photos.

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