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."- The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285
Confirmation is conferred upon young people in the tenth grade and older who express a desire for this sacrament of initiation. Youth seeking the sacrament of Confirmation must have successfully completed the 7th & 8th grade in the School of Religion or attend a Catholic High School. St. Anna’s has a two year Confirmation preparation program which begins in the ninth grade and concludes in the Spring of the tenth grade. Students must successfully complete both the 9th and 10th grade, demonstrate readiness by their regular Sunday worship, attend a retreat and perform service hours. All requirements to be met will be explained at a parent/candidate meeting prior to the first Confirmation preparation class.
Confirmation is conferred upon adults at the Easter Vigil after having learned the Catholic Christian faith thorough attending Christian Initiation classes (RCIA). The Catechism teaches the Confirmed are “as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."
Scriptural support for Confirmation
is found in both the Old and New Testaments. In Exodus 37:29 and I Samuel 10:1 people consecrated to a sacred purpose were anointed with oil. In Acts 8:17 the apostles “laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.” The “one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church”, guided by the Holy Spirit, celebrates this ancient Tradition (see 2 Corinthians 1:21-22)