“The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. 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. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285)
It is called Confirmation because it confirms and strengthens baptismal grace. Through this sacrament, the grace given in baptism is deepened.
Confirmation for Youth
Confirmation for youth generally takes place during 8th Grade. In order to be confirmed an individual must participate in the religious education program for at least one year prior to the year in which he or she will be confirmed.
In addition to reflecting on their faith in classes, candidates are asked to participate in service projects, a day of prayer, and an evening of reflection on service with other parishioners.
If an individual is beyond 8th Grade and has not received the sacrament, he or she should contact Deacon Gary Meyerkord to make proper arrangements. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated as a parish at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, usually sometime shortly after Easter.
Confirmation for Adults
Occasionally, for various reasons, an individual has not been confirmed while in his/her childhood or youth. Adults who are not yet confirmed are invited to call the parish office to make arrangements to celebrate this sacrament. After a brief preparation program held in the spring of the year, these adults and young adults will be confirmed at the St. Louis Basilica Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday.