According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace. Confirmation roots us more deeply in Christ's divine Sonship, unites us more firmly to him, increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us, bonds us more perfectly with the Church, and strengthens us with the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross (CCC 1303). Together with Baptism and Eucharist, the Sacrament of Confirmation constitutes one of the three sacraments of Christian Initiation, in which a person is full bonded to Christ through the Church.
UPDATE: Archbishop Sartain has affirmed that the age of reception for the Sacrament of Confirmation is to be lowered to the 7th grade, or about age 13, for all parishes in the Archdiocese by the year 2023. The archbishop’s letter can be found HERE. We are in the process of transitioning to meet this requirement; for more information, contact Debbie Adams in the parish office.