The Sacrament of Confirmation gives special graces of the Holy Spirit to the person being confirmed, just as such graces were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost.
Confirmation is the last of three sacraments to complete initiation into your Catholic Faith: Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation
Confirmation is regarded as the perfection of Baptism, because, as the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation states:
“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 Archdiocese of Newark requires that a child attend religious formation classes for at least two years prior to the reception of any sacrament. The Confirmation Preparation Program runs during the 8th grade for candidates. Confirmation is celebrated in the fall of the ninth grade, after they have completed the preparation program including prayer, study, service, and a retreat. Please click here for more information about our Confirmation Preparation Program.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists five effects of Confirmation:
it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation [as sons of God] which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!”;
it unites us more firmly to Christ;
it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.
Any baptized adult Catholic who has not yet been confirmed is invited to participate in the RCIA process in preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during the Easter season. Please click here for more information about RCIA