The Sacrament of Confirmation
At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.
“Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.”
Particulars for Confirmation
Confirmation for youth generally takes place during their eighth grade year. In order to be confirmed, an individual must participate in a religious education program for at least one year prior to the year in which he/she will be confirmed. In addition to reflecting on their faith in these classes, candidates participate in the parish.