Through Confirmation, an individual is fully initiated into the Church. Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. Reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. 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 minister of Confirmation, unlike those of the other sacraments of initiation, is typically a Bishop.
Most Catholics receive the sacrament of Confirmation as pre-adolescents or adolescents. You must be baptized in order to be confirmed. In Saint Patrick School and the Saint Patrick Religious Education Program, Confirmation is typically celebrated in sixth grade, but is open to all children sixth grade and older who have received the proper faith formation.
Our students receive the final sacrament of initiation following extensive preparation, including a retreat day. If you are an adult looking to receive your Confirmation, learn more about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the program by which adults are fully initiated into the Church.
Children enrolled in our CCD Program or in St. Patrick School are automatically enrolled in the Confirmation Preparation Program. Parents of parish children entering 6th grade or older who will be attending private parochial schools or academies and wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are asked to contact the Religious Education Office, 610-296-8899, to enroll their child in the Parish Sacramental Preparation Program.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
For more information regarding Confirmation, access the Catechism of the Catholic Church here.