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The effect of Confirmation is a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit like that of Pentecost (in the Bible, see Acts 2). This outpouring impresses on the soul an indelible character and produces a growth in the grace that was initially given at Baptism. It roots the recipient more deeply in divine sonship, binds him more firmly to Christ and to the Church and reinvigorates the gifts of the Holy Spirit in his soul. It gives a special strength to witness to the Christian faith (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church).

The following video provides a brief explanation of the Sacrament of Confirmation:

 

When is confirmation typically conferred?

In the Diocese of Portland, Confirmation is usually celebrated along with First Communion prior to the age of nine-years-old or around the end of 2nd grade or beginning of 3rd grade.

Baptized Catholics who are nine-years-old or older who have not yet received Confirmation or not received First Eucharist and Confirmation are entered into the Cluster 4 RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). For more information about RCIA, click here.