Confirmation continues the Christian path begun at baptism, enriching Christians by the gift of the Holy Spirit and binding them more perfectly to the Church. The recipient receives the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit [Isaiah 11:2-3]. The ecclesial effect and sacramental grace of the sacrament give the recipient the strength and character to witness for Jesus the Christ.
In the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, children celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation as a high school freshman. They are involved in continued formation from the time of their First Communion.
Who do I need to contact?
The San Clemente Confirmation program that starts in 7th grade with Pre-Confirmation and gives the students a deeper look into Salvation History. Confirmation Year I and II take place in 8th and 9th grade and prepare students to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, completing their Sacraments of Initiation. Please contact Religious Education Office (505) 865-9370 for more information.
For adults who seek the Sacrament of Confirmation and who are Baptized Catholic and have had the Sacraments of Reconciliation (confession) and Holy Eucharist, please contact Religious Education Office (505) 865-9370 for more information.
For adults who are Baptized Catholics seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation and have not had the Sacraments of Reconciliation (confession) and Holy Eucharist, please get in touch with Religious Education Office (505) 865-9370 for more information through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
What is the RCIA?
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a series of rites, conducted in the context of learning about the faith and spiritual formation. Through this formation a person is fully incorporated into the Body of Christ, the Church (The Roman Catholic Church).
There are 4 stages in RCIA: the Precatechumenate, or period of Inquiry, which is a time of questions and discernment; the Catechumenate, which is a time of serious and dedicated formation; the Period of Purification and Enlightenment, which coincides with Lent; and Mystagogy, which is a time of reflection and lasts from Easter to Pentecost. All these stages are marked by distinct liturgical rites.
RCIA is designed for those who are not baptized and can take as long as a person needs to prepare. Adults are normally only baptized at the Easter Vigil. At that time they will also receive First Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confirmation. Receipt of these three sacraments fully initiates an individual into the Church.
For those who are baptized Catholic but who have not received their First Eucharist nor been confirmed and for those who are baptized into another Christian faith and are looking for full initiation, the RCIA process follows much the same path. For the baptized, preparation to receive First Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confirmation are incorporated into RCIA and the rites contained within the RCIA are modified. Again the length of time in this formation will depend on each individual.
Who are they?
People involved in the RCIA process are either catechumens or candidates. Catechumens are those who have never been baptized. Candidates are those who have been baptized in other Christian denominations, whose baptism is recognized as valid. There are special rites for unbaptized children who have reached the age of reason (seven) and are seekng to become Catholics. Many parishes also adapt some of the elements of the RCIA for those who were baptized in the Catholic Church but have never learned or practiced their faith. (What the Church teaches: Christian Initiation of Adults, Our Sunday Visitor, 2004)
The RCIA program is the religious instruction in the fundamentals of Christianity in the Catholic tradition. It is an inviting and welcoming program to anyone wishing to learn about and become an active member of the faith. If you have any questions or feel you would like to experience this journey of faith, please call the parish office for more details.
The RCIA program is the religious instruction in the fundamentals of Christianity in the Catholic tradition. It is an inviting and welcoming program to anyone wishing to learn about and become an active member of the faith. If you have any questions or feel you would like to experience this journey of faith, please call the Religious Education Secretary 505-865-9370 for more details.