“Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the ‘sacraments of Christian initiation…’ [T]he reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace…[B]y 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)
Since 2004, it has been the policy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans to confer the sacrament of Confirmation on students in the 11th grade, after at least two years (30 hours) of preparation. Criteria for receiving the sacrament are that the candidates (1) must be baptized; (2) must not have not been previously confirmed; and (3) must be “suitably instructed, properly disposed, and able to renew one’s baptismal promises” (Canon 889)
It is the responsibility of individual church parishes to provide that preparation through proper catechesis of those seeking Confirmation.
St. Benilde Parish’s Confirmation program is composed of two preparatory years beginning in the sophomore year of high school. For more information about our Confirmation Preparation Program, please contact Mrs. Cecilia Wilson: email@example.com
If you are an adult in need of the Sacrament of Confirmation, please click here for information about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).