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Confirmation

Confirmation graphic   Confirmation is the second of the three sacraments of initiation.  It is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts.
 
The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the Sacrament of Baptism.  If Baptism is the sacrament of re-birth to a new and supernatural life, Confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age.
 
Confirmation is a sacrament of empowerment.  It gives the strength to follow Jesus and to become involved in the mission which Jesus left to the Church.
 
Children must be at least 7 years of age.
 
For adult converts, it is performed during the final stage after completion of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.
 
A bishop or priest normally performs the rite, which includes the laying on of hands in prayer and blessing and the anointing of the forehead with chrism (holy oil) with the words: "Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit."  In doing so, that person is 'sealed' as a member of the church, the outward rite of confirmation signifies the inner presence of the Holy Spirit who is believed to provide the strength to live out a life of faith.
 
At confirmation a Catholic may symbolically take the name of a saint to be his or her patron.
 
Click here for common questions about Confirmation.
 
If you have not yet enrolled your son/daughter into the Sacramental Program, click here for an enrolment form.