While Confirmation is a distinct and complete Sacrament in its own right, its purpose is to perfect in us that which was begun in Baptism. We might say - in a sense - that we are Baptized in order to be Confirmed. The Catechism’s section on Confirmation says that Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Its effects are to:
- Root us more deeply in Divine Filiation (being children of God)
- Unites us more firmly to Christ
- Increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us
- Strengthens our bond with the Church
- Associates us more closely to her mission of bearing witness to Christ
- Helps us and more strictly obliges us to spread and defend the faith by word and deed
CONFIRMATION is the Sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with Her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.
Students enrolled in our CCD program will be prepared to receive the sacrament. Confirmation Preparation is a three (3) year program beginning in the Sixth Grade and continuing in the Seventh & Eighth Grades. The Bishop of Covington, or his designee, celebrates this sacrament of initiation every two years at Saint Edward.
Baptized Catholics, beyond grade school age, prepare for the sacrament individually. This celebration takes place on the Feast of Pentecost each year at the Cathedral.