It calls one to deeper participation in the life and ministry of the Catholic Church. The journey of faith is confirmed in the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation perfects the grace already given to us at baptism. The Holy Spirit roots us more deeply into Christ and his Church. It “confirms” us to the mission of the Church by helping us to bear witness to the Christian faith in words and deeds by giving one a sacramental character onto one’s soul.
The significance of being confirmed in the faith is because “the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially” according to St. Thomas Aquinas.
Publicly professing Christ is not an easy task, especially in our modern diverse society. In confirmation we are empowered with the Holy Spirit to remain steadfast in our journey of faith and truthfully bear witness to our Christian Faith.
The Archdiocesan guidelines present this as best being received in the early high school years (freshman or sophomore year) and classes are specifically designed for that preparation. Please see the information below concerning this sacrament for high school students.
This is also a sacrament that those joining the Catholic Church receive through their Rite of Christian Initiation. Please follow this LINK to information in this regard