If baptism opens the door to the life in Christ, then it is confirmation that unleashes the activity of the Spirit. While Baptism enables the beginning of a personal relationship with Jesus, confirmation enables a lifelong dialogue with Jesus and the fruit that flows from it. This fruit is, primarily, bringing others into their own conversation with God. Moreover, this personal encounter is where we find our personal call to other apostolic services and ministries.
In confirmation, the Bishop will place his right hand on your head and then, using the Oil of Chrism, anoint your forehead by tracing the cross with his thumb. As he anoints you he will say, “be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
For adults who wish to receive confirmation, please visit Becoming Catholic. Both those who would like to become Catholic and those Catholics completing their sacraments are invited to join the RCIA journey.
For children who wish to receive confirmation, there are a number of commitments that indicate the appropriate disposition for receiving the sacrament. These commitments include regular Mass attendance with use of student envelopes, two years prior participation in religion classes with passing marks, proficiency in the Basic Catholic Teachings (BCTs), presence of the parent and child at Confirmation formation, twelve hours of community service including a service project, and being a part of the May Crowning of Mary.