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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285)
Confirmation strengthens your soul by deepening the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit that you receive at baptism, and it also gives to you the strength to go and spread and defend the faith in response to Jesus’ command, “Go forth and preach the gospel to all nations.”
While in the Eastern Church Catholics are baptized as infants, in the Roman Church Catholics are baptized after they reach the age of 7 at an age determined by the bishop. Our bishop as set that age at the end of the grade school years, approximately eighth grade, to allow for more catechesis in preparation for the sacrament. Remember, though: to receive Confirmation should not be the first time that you ‘choose the faith.’ While Confirmation is a beautiful step of reaffirming your faith in Christ, you should choose the faith as soon as you are able to choose, which is exactly what you do when you receive an even greater sacrament in second grade, namely, First Holy Communion.
Students enrolled in the St. Joseph Parish School or the Parish School of religion typically receive the sacrament of Confirmation in the eighth grade.