Just as our bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that our soul also needs to grow in the life of grace.
The sacrament of Confirmation builds on the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Holy Communion, completing the process of initiation into the Catholic community.
What the Catholic sacrament of Confirmation means
Confirmation, a sacrament of initiation, establishes young adults as full-fledged members of the faith. This sacrament is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong.
Whereas during your Baptism, your parents and godparents make promises to renounce Satan and believe in God and the Church on your behalf. At Confirmation, you renew those same promises, this time speaking for yourself.
During Confirmation, the focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them courage to practice their faith. As Catholics, we believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives us the same gifts.
The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.
The Church Teaches
Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized people can and should be confirmed.
Changes to the Timing of the Sacrament of Confirmation
Over the past number of years, it has been the practice in the Diocese of Leeds to offer the Sacrament of Confirmation to Catholics who are aged 13 and above – which in schools is for students in Y8 and Y9.
Bishop Marcus has decided that there should be a change in the age for preparing for the Sacrament and that after a transition period that this preparation should take place during Years 5 and 6.
During this academic year 2017/18 preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is for students who are in Y7 and above.
During the academic year 2018/19 preparation will be for students in Y6 and above and in 2019/20 and beyond this will be for students in Y5 and above.