Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), "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" (par. 1285).
Like Baptism, Confirmation can only be received once since it imprints on our soul an indelible spiritual mark. At Confirmation, we receive the seven fold gift of the Holy Spirit.
In the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Confirmation is conferred to high school students in the tenth grade. Students must attend two years of Religious Education classes, First and Second Year Confirmation Preparation, and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in Spring of the second year.
Adults seeking to come into Full Communion with the Catholic Church attend preparation classes on Sunday mornings. These men and women will receive the sacrament at the Easter Vigil Holy Mass.
Classes focus on the sacrament itself and on Church teachings so they can be fully prepared to be members of the Catholic faith. The candidates choose a patron saint and a sponsor. The patron saint is chosen based on attributes he or she exhibited in life that the candidate wishes to emulate, or for some other similar reason.
A man or woman, faithfully living out the Catholic faith, is chosen as a sponsor - to be a support and a role model of Christian living. It is appropriate to choose one's baptismal godparent as one's sponsor, with the connection that Confirmation and Baptism truly have.