Confirmation enriches the baptized with the strength of the Holy Spirit so that they can better witness to Christ in word and deed (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC ], no. 1285).
In the Rite of Baptism, we become new members of the Body of Christ, but our journey does not end there. The decision to be baptized is followed by continued growth, learning, and witness as members of the Body of Christ. Our desire to continue to grow and develop as Christians finds expression in Confirmation, when we renew our baptismal promises and receive in a new way the gift of the Holy Spirit, which strengthens our “bond” with the Church and its members (CCC, no. 1316, and Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio [On the Permanent Validity of the Church’s Missionary Mandate ], no. 26).
Confirmation will be celebrated in the 8th grade, provided that the student completed Religious Education in Grades 6 and 7, is currently attending Religious Education in Grade 8, as well as having met all the requirements for Confirmation preparation, such as service hours, etc. Attendance at weekly Mass is required.