Bishop Gerard will offer this blessing to the 29 parish children who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday morning. Some Catholic sacraments, like communion, can be received multiple times. Confirmation is different: it can only be received one time. The idea behind confirmation is that it leaves an indelible mark on the soul that never expires and never needs to be repeated; once someone has been confirmed, their soul has been marked by God permanently. Confirmation strengthens the new life given to us at our baptism by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. May we all use those gifts well.
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