Baptism, 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.”
Confirmation is a two year catechetical program overseen by the Director of Religious Education. It begins in 7th grade and runs through the entire 8th Grade. In the student’s freshman year, usually September, they attend a retreat in preparation for reception of the Sacrament in October of the same year. In preparation for the Sacrament the students receive Catechetical instruction, perform community service, attend a retreat and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Older Children or adults should call the Director of the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program to complete their sacraments.