The Sacrament of Confirmation, along with Baptism and Eucharist, initiates believers into Christian discipleship as members of Christ's Body the Church. Confirmation seals in us the gift of the Holy Spirit first breathed into the soul in Baptism and confirms in us the character of Christlikeness that is begun in us when in Baptism we are claimed for Christ by the sign of His Cross.
Hence, Confirmation is a true Sacrament instituted by Christ and distinct from baptism. Through the Laying-on of Hands and Anointing with Chrism, the Bishop or his delegate is the minister of the Sacrament for all the baptized. All Catholics can and should be confirmed to complete their Christian Initiation and to be strengthened to live out their profession of faith through active witness to the Gospel in their daily lives.
At Sts. Joachim & Ann, children are prepared for and admitted to the Sacrament of Confirmation during their 8th grade year in either our full-time School or the Parish School of Religion (PSR). Adults are prepared for and admitted to the Sacrament of Confirmation through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.