Confirmation

Confirmation

"Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit". Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17

Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, but that spirit was not to remain only with Christ. Through Confirmation, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are communicated to all the faithful. As the third sacrament of initiation, Confirmation completes the graces begun with Baptism and Holy Communion. “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.’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285)

Confirmation for youth is administered in the springtime of a child’s 8th grade year typically at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (New Cathedral) by the St. Louis archbishop or an auxiliary bishop. Confirmation preparation begins in the fall of the child’s 8th grade year.

Confirmation for adults is generally administered at the Easter vigil along with Baptism and Holy Communion for those who have completed the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).