The Sacrament & the Journey of Faith

Confirmation is the one of the three Sacraments of Initiation of the Catholic Church. Confirmation continues and strengthens the grace we first received at Baptism. The Sacrament of Confirmation roots us more deeply in our identity as God’s children; unites us more firmly with Christ; increases in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit; binds us more closely to the Church; and gives us special strength to bear witness to our faith in today’s world.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Preparation is conducted primarily by the Parish. All candidates are required to attend all Confirmation sessions and a day retreat in order to be eligible for Confirmation. The Sacrament of Confirmation normally takes place on a weeknight during the Lenten season and is conferred by the Archbishop or his delegate.


For children attending Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, information concerning dates and requirements for Confirmation will be distributed by the school to children in grade 5 at the end of May for the next years Confirmation.

Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place in September. A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required to register.

Parent Meeting

The candidate, one parent and the sponsor (if already chosen), will be required to attend an information meeting in late September at the church. This brief meeting will include an overview of the preparation process, expectations and a time for questions. Parents can also purchase the required materials at that time.