Confirmation Program

Confirmation information form

From Canon law (section 879): The sacrament of confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It imprints a character, enriches by the gift of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church.



Confirmation normally is a three year commitment, with the ceremony taking place in 8th grade. We understand that these years are busy in children's lives, but we ask that parents make these Sunday mornings a priority. Communication with the teacher and the coordinator is important to making this relationship work. Students who are consistently late or absent may find that confirmation is delayed.

Since confirmation is the student's initiation into an adult life in the church, when considering whether to recommend a candidate for confirmation, we look at readiness in terms of maturity as well as knowledge of church teachings and practices. We require evidence of community service every year. We have given assessments in the past that have included interviews, letters written to the pastor, and formal tests. This year each candidate was asked to write a letter describing what confirmation means to her and for her.

Each confirmand chooses a saint for a confirmation name, a process that should involve some reflection and research.

Each confirmand also has a sponsor. The sponsor is agreeing to a life-long relationship, overseeing the spiritual growth and well-being of the confirmand. A sponsor must be 16 years old, a confirmed Catholic in good standing who lives according to Catholic teachings. The sponsor may not be one of the parents, although the sponsor may be another relative, Canon law states "It is desirable to choose as sponsor the one who undertook the same function in baptism." If the confirmand is close to someone who does not meet these criteria, that person may attend as witness.

The details of the ceremony have varied year by year. Usually confirmation takes place near Pentecost. The date is often out of the program's control, as it depends on availability of a bishop. Many years it has taken place on the Sunday of Memorial Day. In 2013, it is scheduled for May 18, a Saturday.


From Canon law (section 879): The sacrament of confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It imprints a character, enriches by the gift of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church.