Confirmation is one of three sacraments of Christian initation in the Church. Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist lay the foundation of each Christian life. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, "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 obligated to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. (CCC, 1285)"
The celebration of the Sacramant of Conformation is during the junior year, or 11th grade of high school. Students preparing for these sacraments need to have completed 9th and 10th grade Religious Education before entering into immediate preparation for Confirmation. Students will be responsible for completing all service projects and requirements before receiving Confirmation. Confirmation students will also be responsible for picking a sponsor, attending mandatory preparation meetings, and the Conformation retreat.
"Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and morelively familiarity with the Holy Spirit-his actions, gifts and biddings-in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities to Christian life. To this end, catechesis for Conformation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. (CCC, 1309)"