Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”. Confirmation enriches us with the strength of the Holy Spirit so that we can better witness to Christ in word and deed (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], no. 1285). Anointed by the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, we strengthen our bond with the Church and become better equipped to carry out the Church’s mission of love and service. For teens, the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated during the sophomore year of high school. Preparation takes place at home, separately from the Sunday faith formation classes. Candidates for Confirmation engage in learning about the sacrament, attend a retreat, and commit to service in the parish or wider community. Parents and sponsors are encouraged to be actively involved with the candidates during their preparation.
To complete the grace of Baptism, the Church has always urged its members to receive this special gift of the strength of the Holy Spirit. If you are a Catholic adult who has never completed your initiation into the Body of Christ with the sacrament of Confirmation, St. Thomas Aquinas offers an opportunity to prepare for Confirmation each Lent, with the intention of celebrating the sacrament in the spring.