The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace, for it is by the sacrament of Confirmation that the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence, they are, the true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed (c.f. CCC, 1285).
Young people 12 years of age or older are invited to prepare for Confirmation. Like first Reconciliation and Eucharist, the preparation is a partnership of home, church and school. For us at the Basilica this preparation takes place within the context of Catechism School which meets alternate Sundays from September to June at 9:00am to 10:15am, allowing for participation in Mass at 10:30am.