Confirmation is a sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation and a Sacrament of faith in God's fidelity to us.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
, the whole life and mission of Jesus were carried out in communion with the Holy Spirit. So at Pentecost, the apostles received the Holy Spirit and proclaimed “the great works of God” (Acts 2:11). They gave the gift of the same Spirit to the newly baptized by the laying on of hands.
Down through the centuries, the Church has continued to live by the Spirit and to impart him to her children by the laying on of hands. It is called Confirmation because it confirms and strengthens baptismal grace. This outpouring impresses on the soul an indelible character and produces a growth in the grace of Baptism. It roots the recipient more deeply in divine sonship, binds him more firmly to Christ and to the Church and reinvigorates the gifts of the Holy Spirit in his soul. It gives a special strength to witness to the Christian faith.
Only those already baptized can and should receive this sacrament. If you were raised in the Catholic Church and received both Baptism and first Eucharist, but not Confirmation, we offer a class for
each semester. Anyone else wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation will need to attend
, which typically lasts a full Academic Year.