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. - LG 11



In the United States the age of Confirmation for children and young people varies significantly among dioceses, ranging anywhere from the age of reason to sixteen years.  In the Diocese of Columbus the age for Confirmation is thirteen years, so students receive this sacrament at St. Michael in the eighth grade.

During preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation, students will learn:

  • That Confirmation increases and deepens the grace of Baptism, imprinting an indelible character on the soul
  • That Confirmation strengthens the baptismal gift of the Holy Spirit in order to incorporate them more firmly in Christ, strengthen their bond with the Church, associate them more closely with the Church’s mission, and help them bear witness to the Christian family in words and deeds
  • About the role of the Holy Spirit, His gifts and His fruits
  • About the Rite of Confirmation and its basic symbols: the imposition of hands, the anointing with Sacred Chrism, and the words of sacramental formula
  • That the bishop is the ordinary minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation

In addition, St. Michael School offers the following to prepare students for Confirmation:

  • Daily classroom instruction
  • Confirmation Preparation Guide book completed with sponsors
  • 20 hours of service
  • Preparatory Retreat