"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
The sacrament of Confirmation and the formation for that sacrament generally takes place during the 10th Grade year. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated as a parish by the Bishop during a scheduled Confirmation Mass, usually in the Spring.
The four componants of Confirmation Formation are:
- Lessons specific to Confirmation Formation
- Participation in Youth Group
- A service project (Confirmation teens put on the Christmas Sharing ministry)
- A Confirmation Retreat (usually in late winter/early spring)
The Director of Youth Ministry and teen Confirmation formation is Daniel Harms, (804) 525-7901.
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).