CONFIRMATION

Confirmation Image in Stained GlassBaptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation", whose unity must be safeguarded.

It must be explained to the faithful that 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." (CCC, no. 1285)

The sacrament of Confirmation, sometimes called the "second baptism", is designed to strengthen the spiritual life of a young Catholics, asking them to renew their love for Jesus and their faith in His teachings.

Typically, teens in the 8th and 9th grades prepare for Confirmation through their Catholic elementary schools or Sunday catechism classes.  The actual liturgy celebration is held at the Cathedral usually in February.

Confirmation for adult converts is part of their RCIA program, and the sacrament is conferred at the Easter Vigil service along with baptism.