"The sacrament of Confirmation is to be conferred on the faithful at about the age of discretion unless the conference of bishops determines another age or there is danger of death or in the judgement of the minister a grave cause suggests otherwise." (Canon 891)
Confirmation is part of the three Sacraments of Initiation. Through this Sacrament, we recognize the Holy Spirit at work within us; helping us to be full members of the community; helping to build up unity, love and harmony.
Confirmation is celebrated in three manners:
1. Those Catholics who were baptized as Infants celebrate Confirmation when they are teenagers.
2. Those un-baptized persons who are above the age of seven celebrate Confirmation along with First Communion at the same time they are baptized.
3. Those validly baptized into another Christian faith, and later wish to become Catholic celebrate Confirmation at their reception into the Catholic Church along with their First Communion.
The Confirmation program is a two year program and should include instruction in the Catholic faith as expressed in the Creed, moral teaching, sacramental life and prayer of the church. The candidate should become actively involved in the life of the community, participating, sharing and contributing as a prospective adult member. He/she should exhibit a sense of responsibility and spiritual maturity by carrying out a specific number of service projects during the time of preparation. The communal and social benefit of the service project should be of primary importance.
Canon Law emphasizes that there are individual sponsors for those being confirmed. (C.892) The sponsor for a candidate is to be a practicing Catholic who has been confirmed and has not been prohibited by law from exercising the role of sponsor. A parent may not act as a sponsor for his/her child, but may act as proxy for an absent sponsor. (C.874)