Youth Confirmation

As a Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation is intimately related to Baptism and the Eucharist. Christians are reborn in Baptism, strengthened in Confirmation, and sustained by the food of the Eucharist. In Confirmation, young people are signed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and become more perfect images of their Lord. This sacrament renews and strengthens their baptismal call to bear witness to Christ before the world and work eagerly for the building up of His body. As the primary educators of their children, parents along with sponsors are to be intimately involved in catechesis for Confirmation. This will help them renew and strengthen their own faith, besides enabling them to set a better example for their children or godchildren.

All students preparing for Confirmation are expected to:

  1. Attend Sunday Mass regularly and use student envelopes to keep track of attendance;
  2. Participate in Confirmation retreat (January 15 – 17); For introductory letter, please click here.  For permission slip, please click here.
  3. Attend Confirmation Orientation Meeting (September 22 & 23) and Rehearsal (April 22);
  4. Submit baptismal certificate (due October 1)
  5. Submit Sponsor Certificate (due November 4) to Parish Office;
  6. 20 hours Confirmation Service with Report (due March 30); For hours log sheet, please click here.
  7. Report on the saint of your Confirmation name (due February 24);
  8. Compose Letter to Bishop (Rough Draft due February 10; Final Draft due March 9).

For Frequently Asked Questions about Confirmation, please click here.

For a summary of information a Confirmation Candidate should know prior to Confirmation, please click here.

Immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation includes the following:

  1. Teaches that Confirmation increases and deepens the grace of baptism, imprinting an indelible character on the soul.
  2. Teaches that Confirmation strengthen the baptismal conferral of the Holy Spirit on those confirmed in order to incorporate them more firmly in Christ, strengthen their bond with the Church, associate them more closely with the Church’s mission, increase in them the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1303), and help them bear witness to the Christian faith in words and deeds.
  3. Teaches about the role of the Holy Spirit, his gifts and his fruits.
  4. Is developmentally appropriate and includes retreat experiences.
  5. Includes instruction in the Rite of Confirmation and its basic symbols: the Imposition of hands, the anointing with Sacred Chrism, and the words of the sacramental formula.
  6. Ensures that parents and sponsors are involved in the catechetical preparation of the children for Confirmation.
  7. Teaches that the bishop is the ordinary minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  (National Directory for Catechesis #36 – A – 2)
Schedule of Events for Confirmation Preparation 2015-2016
Orientation Meeting Tuesday, September 22
Wednesday, September 23
6:00pm-7:00pm
Confirmation Commissioning Sunday, September 27 12:00n Mass
Confirmation Retreat Friday, January 15 –
Sunday, January 17
6:00pm
3:00pm
Confirmation Rehearsal Friday, April 22 6:30pm-8:00pm
Reception of Confirmation Sunday, April 24 12:00n Mass
(arrive by 11:15am)

For more information about the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Robyn Spencer at (904) 264-0577 or e-mail her at religioused@stcatherineop.com.