In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God's Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John. Jesus' entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. . . . We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.
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Parishes conduct their own Confirmation preparation programs for children. Preparation typically involves Catechesis through Religious Education classes. Adult confirmation programs of approximately eight weeks in length are offered in many parishes for adults who are formed, practicing Catholics who simply missed Confirmation somehow along the way. For those who are not formed and practicing Catholics, it may be most appropriate to participate in the RCIA process to complete initiation.
Note that there are very specific requirements that must be met for someone to be a Confirmation Sponsor. BEFORE you select a Confirmation sponsor, contact your parish for more information.
Confirmation Contact Information
Children 7 years old - 8th grade
Minister of Religious Education
Link to Religious Education (K-8) - Elementary
High School - 24 years old
Youth and Young Adult Minister
Link to RCIA - Youth/Young Adult
25 years old and over
Minister of Adult Formation
Maria Teodoro Chadburn, M.A.
Link to RCIA - Adult