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Are you curious about something you've seen at mass? Do you wonder what it's like to live in a rectory
or to hear confessions? Have you ever wondered, "Why does the Church do that?"

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How, as a young adult, do you go back to reconciliation after having not been in awhile? I just graduated from college and didn't go at all. I have read all about what is supposed to be said and the order of things, but it all seems so awkward to do. Like the priest is going to just chop me up to be another millennial who doesn't know a whole lot about their faith.

Priests are not as mean as you think! If you go to confession and explain to the priest that it has been a few years since your last confession he will walk you through it. Each time I sit in the confessional, there is always someone I have to help through the Act of Contrition or an examination of conscience. Many people avoid going to confession, you’re not the only one! People come in and haven’t been to confession in decades. I think the longest away from the sacrament of confession that I have heard has been 60 years.

What is the purpose of confirmation?

The purpose of Confirmation is to receive the Holy Spirit so that we can be witnesses to Jesus Christ in the world.

Do you remember your confirmation? How did you prepare for it?

I do. It was a wonderful evening and we had a great celebration. Preparation included classes throughout the year, service projects, and retreats. We met with the pastor as well.

What are the words said when you anoint someone with chrism oil?

The words the bishop says are, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Why do we need to be confirmed if we are already baptized? What do we receive in confirmation?

Confirmation is a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. As Pentecost was for the Apostles, Confirmation is for us. When we are confirmed, we receive the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead.

What are confirmation sponsors for?

Sponsors are for good gifts! ;) A sponsor is supposed to be someone who models for us what it means to be a good Catholic, a good disciple of Christ.

Are you assured of going to heaven if you are confirmed?

NO! We still need to make good decisions and live our lives as sons and daughters of God and witness to the faith and Jesus Christ by the way we live our lives.

When is the best time to be confirmed?

This has been a subject of debate for a long time. The early church confirred the Sacrament of Confirmation on people when they were young, right after baptism. The Eastern Churches still do this. Many dioceses in the United States confirm in the 8th or 9th grade. A few have the Sacrament of Confirmation before First Communion in the 2nd grade. The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Eucharist is a symbol of being fully initiated and fully in union with the church, a full member of the Church. Some Dioceses preserve that order and others have gone with a different order. There is no age specified for confirmation.

How long do confirmations usually take?

It depends on how many people are being confirmed. At St. James, we had 59 young men and women who were confirmed. The liturgy was 2 hours.

Does the Bishop buy your clerical shirts?

No

What is Lent?

The Lenten Season is like a spiritual Spring Training until Easter. The penitential season of six Sundays and 40 weekdays prepares for the high feast of Easter. Lent begins Ash Wednesday and ends with the beginning of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the evening known as Holy Thursday. Lent is form the Anglo-Saxon word which means Spring. Sundays are considered mini “Easters” as you celebrate the Lord’s Day. If you are exercising a Lenten discipline, some people cheat on this day and some don’t; let your conscience guide you.

St James the Less Catholic Church

St. James the Less Catholic Church
8412 Whitefield Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31406
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