What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is that sacrament which completes the baptismal rite. During the celebration of this sacrament the Church prays in a special way that the Holy Spirit might he poured forth upon new Christians to strengthen them with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Saint Paul writes that the Holy Spirit will produce in those who are receptive to His presence in their lives the fruits of the Spirit: "love, joy, patient endurance, kindness, generosity, faith, mildness, and chastity (Gal. 5:22-23).
By the laying on of hands the bishop, as the successor to the apostles, communicates to the whole Christian community and the whole Church the gifts of the Holy Spirit, namely wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
By anointing the forehead of the candidate with consecrated oil (olive oil which is specially scented and blessed by the bishop at the annual Mass of Chrism at the cathedral the week before Holy Thursday), the bishop with the entire Christian community prays that those who receive the sacrament be given royal, priestly and prophetic power.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered by the bishop annually for those youth who have prepared over a two year course of study and prayer. The sacrament is also administered by the parish priest during the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass for those candidates from the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and/or Children, who have prepared over a course of study and prayer.
Confirmation for Youth
Preparation for reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation normally occurs during high school. Learn more about the requirements and registration for the high school confirmation program here.
Confirmation for Adults
The preparation and formation of Adults for Confirmation is carried out through the parish RCIA program, which is offered in both English and Spanish. Learn more about it here.