The Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation was instituted by Jesus on Pentecost Sunday when He sent the Holy Spirit, as He promised upon the Apostles gathered in the Upper Room in Jerusalem. (Acts 2: 1-42). As explained above, 'Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. The sacrament of confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. “By the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (CCC 1326).
Those who have received instruction and are suitably prepared receive Confirmation and are thus considered adult members of the Church. They are expected to be active in Church ministries and Parish programs. The sponsor at Confirmation act as a witness to the reception of this Sacrament and it is advised that sponsors be the same person that was present at their Baptism. The dates of the preparation sessions and the actual celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation would be on your parish calendars or you may phone the office for more information.