Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. 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.
If your child is in public school and is of the age to receive Confirmation, Church policy requires that the Sacraments be performed in the parish you are registered in and attend regularly. If you are not registered in a particular parish, then you are to approach the parish located closest to you geographically. At St. Mary’s, you must be a registered, regularly attending parishioner for a minimum of 6 months. For details regarding further requirements and preparation, please contact the parish office.