St. Stephen PUBLIC Masses are Temporarily Suspended by the order of the San Francisco Health Department and Archbishop Cordileone

ALL Sunday Masses have been temporarily suspended by order of the San Francisco health department and Archbishop Cordileone effective immediately. The Church is open Mondays through Saturdays for the 8:00 am mass and remains open for private devotions until 4:00 pm. Our 9:30 a.m. LIVESTREAM Sunday Mass will continue until further notice. For details, call 415-681-2444.

 
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Confirmation

It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.

From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:

  • it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!" (Romans 8:15);
  • it unites us more firmly to Christ;
  • it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
  • it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
  • it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross:

Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.

The Sacrament of Confirmation as described by Fr. Raphael Mary of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington.