Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "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."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285)
It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.
In the Archdiocese of Washington it is a requirement that anyone wanting to receive the sacrament of Confirmation must receive at least two years of Confirmation preparation. Here at St. Rose, students begin their first year of Confirmation prep in 7th grade in order to receive the sacrament in the spring of their 8th grade year. If your son or daughter has not started Confirmation preparation by 7th grade, and they would like to be confirmed, please contact the Director of Youth Ministry.
We will be having four Family Session in which a Parent and/or Sponsor must attend with the youth being confirmed. It is expected that families will attend all three sessions as part of the confirmation preparation and commitment.