THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1316)
In the Diocese of Richmond, the Sacrament of Confirmation is received by youth who are in at least the 10th grade of high school and are 15 years of age. Preparation includes participation in the Christian Formation Program: -Sunday evenings or -Family Faith or- be a student at a Catholic School, or- be home schooled with an approved Curriculum. Also integral to preparation for the sacrament is attendance at Confirmation Modules and a Confirmation retreat.
Baptized adults who are at least 18 years of age and have received their First Eucharist participate in an 8-week process.