Sacrament of Confirmation

“Then they (Peter and John) laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.” ~ Acts 8:17




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Confirmation Handbook


Confirmation, along with the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, constitute the Sacraments of Initiation. At certain times in history and in some locations today the three Sacraments are celebrated together for young and old. At Spirit of Life, they are generally separated with baptism around the time of birth, Eucharist around the age of 7, and Confirmation for any young person who has reached the age of reason. Our parish confirms in the spring of freshmen year. The diocese asks that all pastors ensure that their members receive Confirmation by fall of sophomore year. Additionally, students younger then freshmen who display a desire and understanding of Confirmation may be Confirmed earlier. However, adults who wish to be baptized receive all three on the same night, usually during the Easter Vigil, the greatest celebration of the Church year. If you are an adult seeking information on Adult Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist contact Karen Eggers at 701-415-0409 or find more information here. 

The Sacrament of Confirmation is imparted with two sacred signs: the laying on of hands and the anointing with the oil of Chrism. These signs set the seal of the Holy Spirit upon us which marks our total belonging to Christ, our enrollment in his service forever, as well as the promise of divine protection at the end of time.

Our Confirmation program is directed toward students in their freshmen year of high school. The goal of our Confirmation program is to help participants better understand the Catholic faith and the role of Confirmation in the life of a Catholic today. As part of the Spirit of Life Confirmation program, candidates for Confirmation attend monthly sessions as well as  3 Monday night youth nights beginning in the fall. Topics covered include sacraments, prayer, Jesus, and The Church. Students are also required to attend an all-day retreat in the spring. The first session will be September 22nd. Confirmation is Scheduled for May 5th.