The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” The sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism on the forehead, which is done by the laying on of the hand, and through the words: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness. This “character” perfects the common priesthood of the faithful, received in Baptism, and “the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly.
Confirmation preparation is a two-year process that begins for students in their seventh-grade year. They study the life of Jesus and how that relates to living their lives (morality), as well as learning about the Church as Sacrament and the Mystery of God. In particular, the Works of Mercy and Beatitudes are covered both in class and through the commitment each student makes to perform community and church service. Students are also required to meet spiritual formation requirements. All students are expected to attend seventh and eighth grade PREP classes to receive the sacrament of Confirmation unless they are enrolled in a Catholic school or home-schooled based on an approved Catholic curriculum.
Those baptized Catholics who received their First Communion and who grew up in the faith but missed receiving this sacrament of Confirmation during their school years should contact the parish office immediately. The bishop celebrates this sacrament with those adults adequately prepared and disposed at a yearly celebration on Pentecost.