The sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. 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. (CCC. 1285)
Congratulations to those Confirmed on Sunday, July 19th.
View the Facebook Live recording of that liturgy here:
Please pray for those who will be Confirmed on Saturday, August 1st!
Watch the "Come, Holy Spirit!" prayer & message videos created for the 2020 candidate cohort here: Come, Holy Spirit
Teens entering grades 10-12 in the fall may be eligible to prepare to celebrate Confirmation in the spring of 2021.
Our Information Meeting for new/prospective candidates and their parents was held on Wednesday, July 22nd, at 7:00 pm via Zoom. If you were unable to join us, please contact to receive the information you missed.
Our fall retreat is scheduled to occur the weekend of September 12 & 13. We are still assessing how best to proceed with retreat and other preparation activities in light of the COVID-19 situation, and registered candidates/families will receive updates on this experience as they become available.
For information about ongoing events for teens, visit the Youth Ministry page.
For information about Faith Formation for Confirmation candidates and others in high school and middle school, visit our Middle & High School Faith Formation page.
A note on eligibility: Ordinarily, you must have either:
(a) been in a Catholic Faith Formation/Religious Education program AND/OR
(b) participated in religion/theology class in a Catholic school
in the 2019-2020 school year. If this does NOT apply to you, please contact the Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Rena Black, to discuss next steps.
A note on accessibility: No one will be denied access to the sacrament due to financial or health challenges. If you have concerns about affording the fee, about disability accommodations, about covid-19, or any other obstacles, please don't hesitate to contact Rena Black, the Coordinator of Youth Ministry, so that we can help.
If you are out of high school but haven't yet been Confirmed (or want to discuss another sacrament), it's not too late! Please contact our Pastoral Associate, Dan Miller, to discuss your next steps.
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Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation provides young people with the opportunity to really focus on his or her relationship with God, with the Church, with others, and with him- or herself. This sacrament strengthens Confirmed teens to courageously and authentically live out the life of discipleship and the mission of the Church.
Teens are invited to become candidates beginning in the spring of their 9th grade year or later, and the sacrament is typically celebrated the following spring. For more information regarding Confirmation for our parish's youth, please contact our Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Ms. Rena Black
At baptism, a sponsor (godparent) takes upon himself/herself the responsibility of helping the newly baptized person mature in the living a Christian life and offers his or her own life and practice of the faith as an example of faith, prayer and service within the Catholic Church. Similarly, the Sponsor for Confirmation continues that work for the person who is to be confirmed. The sponsor should be committed to being a part of the candidate’s life by presence and prayer. One’s “yes” to an invitation to be a sponsor for Confirmation is not just a “yes” to the candidate for a short period of time, but a serious commitment to God to walk with the candidate on their journey of faith, for the long haul. The parish staff are happy to support and accompany sponsors as they begin this journey!
Confirmation Sponsor Requirments
Someone other than the parent of the one to be confirmed.
Has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.
At least 16 years of age and may be male or female regardless of the sex of the candidate.
Leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken; therefore, if married, must be married in the Church and if single, must be striving to live a chaste life and therefore cannot be living with a person outside of marriage.
A practicing Catholic, registered in a parish, who regularly attends Mass on Sundays and Holy Days and receives the Holy Eucharist.
Adult Confirmation Preparation
If you are 18 or older and are interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation, please contact our pastoral associate, Dan Miller, for more information.
Sponsor Letter Request
In serving as a Confirmation sponsor, you will be asked by the parish of the candidate for Confirmation to produce a letter from your home parish, stating that you are a parishioner in "good standing" (refer to requirements for Confirmation sponsors). To request such a letter from our pastor, Fr. Patrick, please click the link below: