"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."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285)
Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually celebrated in the fall of a student’s ninth-grade year. The person preparing for Confirmation must be baptized, and have received First Eucharist. A student must have completed a Religious Education class and the family must be attending Sunday Mass regularly. Confirmation candidates are required to attend Confirmation Preparation sessions and a retreat. The Confirmation date is set by the bishop and the pastor.