Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that 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.” (CCC 1285)
Confirmation completes the grace received in Baptism. Normally it is conferred by the diocesan bishop. For youth, the two year preparation period begins in 8th grade. Those enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation are also prepared for reception of this sacrament at the Easter Vigil.
The learning consists of deepening one’s relationship with God and His people. Sessions begin and end in prayer. The Scriptures are broken open. Church history is examined. Stories of the saints are read, and how their intercession help us today is discussed. Learning how to discern God’s continuing call to grow in love, service and holiness is also stressed. Continued baptismal grace and an outpouring of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to live as Christ’s disciples in today’s world are the ongoing result.
The Diocesan Guide on Confirmation can be found here
Another way of explaining Confirmation can be found here
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Very early, the better to signify the gift of the Holy Spirit, an anointing with perfumed oil (chrism) was added to the laying on of hands. This anointing highlights the name “Christian,” which means “anointed” and derives from that of Christ himself whom God “anointed with the Holy Spirit.” This rite of anointing has continued ever since, in both East and West. For this reason the Eastern Churches call this sacrament Chrismation, anointing with chrism, or myron which means “chrism.” In the West, the term Confirmation suggests that this sacrament both confirms and strengthens baptismal grace (CCC 1289)