The Sacrament of Confirmation


    Confirmation is integral to the sacramental initiation of a person into the Church, the People of God. In that sense, it is not an optional sacrament. It is for the candidate both a precious occasion of Grace and an opportunity for a moving experience of faith. Parents, sponsors, priests, catechists and community share the ministry of preparing the candidate for this significant sacramental experience. 

   Careful planning and extended preparation will enhance for the candidate this encounter with the Spirit.

   Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation must be baptized Catholics, in the seventh grade or older, and be involved in a structured preparation program that is designed to deepen their faith commitment. 

This preparation, in a general fashion, includes:
The General Preparation
: This includes all the formal and informal catechetical formation provided to a child by parents and the parish from baptism through the seventh grade.

The Formal Preparation Program:

      This includes:

  • An information session for parents and youth

  • The selection of sponsors

  • A sponsor Information and Training Session

  • A retreat experience consisting of at least one day

  • Core content to be presented in formal classes

  • Sponsor / Youth sessions; Christian Service Project

  • Selection of Confirmation name (may keep one's own)

  • An interview with the confirmand by the pastor or delegate

  • Letter of request by the confirmand to the Bishop

  • Opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • Practice, as needed, for the actual celebration

    Adults desiring to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact the pastor. A special program of preparation will be worked out according to each person's personal situation.

Please use one of the links below to find out more about these Sacraments

Baptism Confirmation Eucharist Reconciliation Anointing Marriage Holy Orders
Last Revised: October 28, 2014