The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. Confirmation strengthens what was received through Baptism with a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit which unites us more firmly with Christ. It also increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord) within us.
At Confirmation the bishop (or delegated priest) anoints the candidate with oil and lays his hands upon them saying, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The oil used in Confirmation symbolizes strength and its beautiful perfume reminds us that we are called to spread the fragrance of Christ at home, in our parish and in our world.
Confirmation is a continuation, ratification or sealing of Baptism and it helps us to focus on the missionary dimensions of our baptismal commitment. It gives us special strength through the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith. It confirms our commitment both to the Church and to the work of Christ in the world. Like Baptism, Confirmation is received only once.
For youth, Confirmation is generally celebrated in grade 8 at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Adult confirmations are based on individual needs.