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The Spirit of God is called the Holy Spirit. Jesus sends the Spirit to
us to help us become holy as God is holy.
The Holy Spirit sanctifies us, or helps us become holy, by uniting us
with God and one another. The Spirit helps us form a community of believers
who care about one another and the world.
The Holy Spirit guides us and reconciles us to God and one another.
The Holy Spirit renews the Church to help it grow and be open to the
We describe the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives as the seven gifts.
These are wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgment, courage, reverence,
wonder, and awe.
There are gifts of the Spirit called charismatic gifts. Some of these
gifts are described in I Corinthians 12:7—11. They are special
gifts given to Jesus? followers and are used to build up the Church.
As we attempt to live by the power of the gifts, our lives show the virtues
of the Spirit. These are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
With the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love, the Spirit
helps us form our conscience.
The cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance
are spiritual strengths that help us choose well in our relationships.
The Holy Spirit comes to us at Baptism and is celebrated in our lives at
The Church began on Pentecost with the coming of the Holy Spirit to
The Church is a community of believers who live in and through the
Church is Christ's Mystical Body, continuing his mission of community-building,
preaching the Word, worship, and service.
The Church?s ideals are unity, faithfulness to Jesus? teaching, the
celebration of the sacraments, and service to all, especially poor
and oppressed people.
The Church expresses its faith in a rich liturgy, in strong principles
of justice and compassion, and in its creeds.
The Catholic Church is universal, finding a home in various cultures.
The followers of Jesus celebrate his presence in their lives through prayer
and the sacraments.
The Church is holy, calling us to know and love Jesus and become more
The teaching of the Church comes to us through Scripture and tradition.
The Church?s doctrines are rooted in the teaching of the apostles and
are expressed by ecumenical councils as well as by the bishops in union
with the pope. Although the basic beliefs of Christianity are unchanging,
our understanding and explanation of these beliefs continues to grow
as our relationship with God grows.
The Church is continually reformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit.
Christians try to identify themselves with the poor and to free all suffering
people from poverty and oppression.
The Church expresses its faith in worship, in its creeds, and in the way
Christian women and men live their lives.
Tradition is the way that the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, passes
on its living faith throughout history.
Tradition includes beliefs, customs, rituals, and laws by which the People
of God have lived and continue to live their faith through the centuries.
The sacraments are effective signs that make God?s grace present to us
to love, heal, and transform our lives.
The sacraments celebrate the presence of the risen Christ in our lives.
Through the sacraments of initiation, we enter into new life with God
and are welcomed into the community of Jesus? followers in order to
live as Jesus did.
Baptism and Confirmation celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit who helps
us share in Jesus? ministry.
Baptism celebrates the new Christian?s sharing in the life of Christ.
In Confirmation, we are called to grow in faith and to witness to Christ
in our words and actions.
The Eucharist recalls Christ?s presence in all of life, remembers his
death and resurrection, and celebrates our unity as a Church.
The Eucharist is the central celebration of the Church; through the Eucharist
we are called to serve others.
Reconciliation, or Penance, celebrates Christ?s forgiving presence in our
lives. Through Reconciliation we experience ongoing conversion to the life
In the Anointing of the Sick, the Church continues Jesus? ministry to
the sick and celebrates his healing and forgiving presence.
Marriage celebrates God?s call of a woman and a man to love one another,
their children, their faith community, and the world. Marriage is a sign
of the love that Christ has for the Church.
Holy Orders celebrates God?s call to special ministry as bishop, priest,
Through Confirmation, we receive God?s Spirit in a new and fuller way.
The Holy Spirit helps us live as followers of Jesus and helps us bear
witness to Christ as Lord.
Before he returned to the Father, Jesus made this promise: “I
will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with
you always, the Spirit of truth” (John
14: 16—1 7a).
Jesus? promise was fulfilled at Pentecost.
• . . they were all gathered in one place together. And suddenly there
came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled
the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them
tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And
they were all filled with the holy Spirit.
Through Baptism, God the Father gives us a new birth by the Holy
Spirit. We become the sons and daughters of God through
the outpouring of
the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation may be conferred upon any baptized Catholic. In the Western
Church, it is most often conferred when a candidate wants to enter
more fully into the life of Christ, has been instructed, and is willing
to take an active part in the life of the Church.
The bishop is the usual minister of Confirmation. But priests
can assist the bishop, or confirm on their own.
The sacrament is conferred through the anointing with chrism
and the words, “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”
The confirmed person is more closely bound to Jesus. He or she is
given help to spread the love of Jesus among people.
Ideally, the sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated within
the Eucharist. In that way, we can see the very
important connection between Confirmation
and the Eucharist, which are both sacraments of initiation.
At the Confirmation Mass, we hear the word of God
and receive the Bread
of Life. We are also sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Sponsors present the persons to be confirmed to the bishop
for the anointing. They speak in the name of the
whole believing community. The sponsors later
help the confirmed persons witness to Christ in their daily lives.
What does Confirmation call us to be?
Confirmation calls us to be committed Christians. We are to live
the message of Jesus in everyday life. The sacrament calls us to
continue to pray,
serve others, and celebrate with the People of God, gathered as
The Bible, or Sacred Scripture, is a collection of books that
tells the story of God and God?s people. The stories of
the Bible span
2,000 years and were written in many different literary styles
by many authors over a long period of time.
The Bible is made up of two parts—the Hebrew Scriptures, or
Old Testament, and the Christian Scriptures, or New Testament.
Sacred Scripture is called revelation because the writers of
the various books were inspired by the Holy Spirit to reveal
the saving word
and action of God in their writings.
The Hebrew Scriptures consist of 46 books, and they record God?s
saving word and action as spoken through the people of Israel.
The 27 books of the Christian Scriptures tell the story of
Jesus Christ and the early Church as remembered by
the evangelists and leaders
of the first Christian communities.
Jesus' resurrection and ascension, Paul was the first writer
of the Christian Scriptures. He mostly wrote letters to his fellow
The four gospels tell about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
The word gospel means “good news.” The gospel writers are
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Mary is the mother of Jesus, God?s Son.
Mary showed great courage and faith in agreeing to be the mother of
Jesus. In this, she heard and accepted the good news of Jesus Christ
and gave this news to others.
In the gospel of Luke, Mary visits her aged cousin, Elizabeth, who
is awaiting the birth of John the Baptist. In her prayer of greeting,
Mary is shown to be mindful of the needs of the poor.
Mary is in heaven, with body and spirit united.
Prayer is our communication with God. Prayer can be formal or informal,
spoken or silent. Some traditional prayers follow this section.
Here is a description of one way to pray by meditating, or reflecting
Select a short passage from one of the gospels. Read it slowly and
thoughtfully a few times. Then close your eyes. Imagine yourself in
the scene. Picture yourself with Jesus. Think about what he is saying
and doing. Imagine that he is talking to you. What is your response?
Christlike compassion implies a commitment to work for justice and peace
for all of God?s people on earth.
We are to stand with the poor in their struggle for personal freedom
Justice might involve changing political, economic, and cultural systems
that violate the dignity and rights of people.
Our call is to free people from poverty, illiteracy, hunger, fear, and
The American bishops, in their letter The Challenge of Peace, ask us
to promote nuclear disarmament.
Likewise we are asked to promote peace within our own families, schools,
and neighborhoods. This can happen when we respect other people and seek
to resolve conflicts we have with them.
All Christians are responsible for participating in the Church?s renewal.
We are called to act with compassion toward all people, to live by
the works of mercy.
We are called to respect God?s will for every person and for created
We learn God?s will through prayer, respect for Church teachings, study
of the gospel, living in Christian community, and service.
Prayer for the Spirit of God
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and
they shall be recreated;
and you will renew the face of the earth.
The Greatest Commandments
“ You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your
soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. .
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Shorter Act of Contrition
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good I have sinned against
you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God,
1. Feed the hungry.
2. Give drink to the thirsty.
3. Clothe the naked.
4. Visit those in prison.
5. Shelter the homeless.
6. Visit the sick.
7. Bury the dead.
1. Correct sinners.
2. Teach the ignorant.
3. Give advice to those who are confused.
4. Comfort those who suffer.
5. Be patient with others.
6. Forgive injuries.
7. Pray for the living and the dead.
1.I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods beside me.
2.You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
3.Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
4.Honor your father and mother.
5.You shall not kill.
6.You shall not commit adultery.
7.You shall not steal.
8.You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9.You shall not covet your neighbor?s wife.
10.You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Based on Exodus 20:2—1 7
and Deuteronomy 5:ô—21
1.To keep holy the day of the Lord?s
resurrection; to worship God by participating in Mass every Sunday and
holy day of obligation.
2.To lead a sacramental life; to receive Holy
Communion frequently and the sacrament of Reconciliation regularly: minimally,
to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year. Minimally
also, to receive Holy Communion at least once a year.
3.To study Catholic teaching in preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation,
to be confirmed, and then to continue to study and advance the cause
4. To observe the marriage laws of the Church; to give religious training,
by example and word, to one?s children; to use parish schools and catechetical
5.To strengthen and support the Church— one?s own parish community
and parish priests, the worldwide Church, and the pope.
6.To do penance, including abstaining from meat and fasting from food
on the appointed
7. To join in the missionary spirit and
apostolate of the Church.
Based on Sharing the Light of Faith (NCD)