The sacrament of Confirmation imparts a grace which perfects the grace of Baptism by rooting us more deeply into Christ as a son or daughter of the Father, by strengthening our bond with Christ and the Church, and associating us more closely to the Church’s mission.
The sacrament of Baptism was received for our own salvation in Christ within the Church, but a Christian through Confirmation receives a grace for others. He or she is now empowered by the Holy Spirit to go out to all the world and proclaim the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Church. One has a responsibility now to bear witness to the Christian faith in word and in deed.
Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation
For a non-baptized adult entering into communion with the Church or a baptized adult entering into full-communion with the Church, the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) classes serve as preparation for Confirmation.
For children, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes serve as preparation for Confirmation which normally is received within a child’s 8th grade academic year.
Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.