Throughout the history of the Catholic Church a sacrament has been defined as: “a visible sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace.”
Within these words we hear three important and distinct statements:
- A visible sign : An action performed by a priest or deacon as in Baptism when the water is poured over the child’s or adult’s head.
- Instituted by Christ : Jesus instructed His followers through the church to offer the seven sacraments to His followers. The sacraments have been passed down through the centuries to all the followers of Jesus.
- To give grace : Grace is a free gift from God once we have given our lives to Him and receive Him in the sacraments our lives are filled with a special grace from God.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the fulfillment of the Christian Initiation process. It is through the sacrament of Confirmation that the Holy Spirit comes into the lives of the young Christian to help them to be able to live good Christian lives. Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year period of time and is usually during the seventh and eighth grade years of education.
Click here for Confirmation Handbook ...contains all forms. (Please remember that the candidate must attend two consecutive years of religious education to be eligible to receive this sacrament.) The normal age for this sacrament is grade 7 (preparation) grade 8 reception of the sacrament.
Adult preparation for Confirmation is normally done through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Program.