The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions. (CCC 1131)
Forms & Documents:
Q. What is confirmation?
A. Confirmation is a sacrament through which we receive the Holy Ghost to make us strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.1
It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. 2
Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the "character," which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness. 3
This "character" perfects the common priesthood of the faithful,
received in Baptism, and "the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially (quasi Ex officio)."4
Diocesan policy requires two full years of faith formation to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Sign up for youth Faith Formation by filling out the form and returning it to the faith formation office. Classes start in October and end in May.
Adults must attend the Rite of Christian Initiation classes starting in mid- September and ending at Easter. After attending classes and having sufficient reflection on entering the Catholic Church, adults will be confirmed at the Easter Vigil. If you have an irregular situation, such as a schismatic group, please call the Cathedral to talk to a clergy member about how to come into full communion.
1 Baltimore Catechism, 721
2 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1302
3 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1304
4 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1305