Strengthen and Deepen Faith through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Confirmation is the second sacrament of Christian Initiation. The ordinary minister of this sacrament is the Bishop and is conferred by the laying on of hands and anointing with Sacred Chrism thus sealing the one confirmed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We pray that the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit take root in those confirmed so that they may become signs of God's living presence in the world.
In this diocese the “restored order” of the sacraments of initiation is observed, thus children are confirmed in the third grade and receive their First Communion at the same Mass. Preparation for these two sacraments is an integral part of the youth catechetical program. (Need a link here) Parental participation is also an essential element in helping their child to worthily receive these sacraments.
Instruction and materials are provided for parents to aid them in fulfilling this responsibility.
Interviews with the child will take place before the child receives the sacraments.