Confirmation is a sign that a person has reached maturity and is now able to take responsibility for their own faith. It also strengthens and deepens the connection to the Church that is established at baptism. Once Confirmed, one is considered a full member of the Catholic Church.
The sacrament of confirmation typically takes place in early teenage years, when a child starts to be seen as an adult member of the Church. This is because they are now considered old enough to renew and confirm for themselves vows that were made on their behalf when they were baptised. However, there is no set age for the confirmation rite, and people are often confirmed as adults.
Following Baptism and First Eucharist, Confirmation is the final sacrament of initiation.
Once Confirmed, one is considered a full member of the Catholic Church.
Provided one practices the faith by attending Mass weekly and living a life in keeping with the moral teachings of the faith, a Confirmed Catholic now qualifies to serve as a Godparent for Baptism or as a Sponsor for another’s Confirmation.