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." (CCC 1285)*
Confirmation for 8th Graders
Eighth-grade students are invited to make Confirmation after completing preparation for the sacrament.
To prepare for Confirmation, candidates must attend religious formation classes either at St. Andrew’s or at another parish. At St. Andrew’s, preparation includes regular religious education classes on Wednesday nights plus several special classes scheduled at other times. Parents are expected to attend parent meetings as scheduled.
Confirmation for Adults
Adults prepare for confirmation by participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
RCIA is a process of discernment and education for unbaptized adults who wish to become Catholic. Those baptized in another Christian faith may also participate in this process to come into full communion with the Catholic Church. Adults who complete RCIA are confirmed at the Easter vigil Mass.
*Excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church