"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 10th 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 Director of Youth Ministry and Confirmation, Daniel Harms, (804) 525-7901 to make proper arrangements. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated as a parish by the Bishop during a scheduled Confirmation Mass usually sometime shortly after Easter.
There is more information about our Confirmation program at St. Bridget Parish for youth in Our Ministries/Youth Ministry/Confirmation (link to this page).
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 will participate in our RCIA program.
For more information, please visit the page for the Rites for Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).