What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a sacramental outpouring of the Holy Spirit that leaves a permanent mark on the soul as it seals the gifts of the Holy Spirit received at Baptism. It completes Christian initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) and empowers us to be Christ to the world (see CCC 1302-1305).
The Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown chooses 8th grade as the appropriate time for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. All parish eighth graders are invited annually to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you have any questions, please contact Dustine May at the Church office.
What are the Requirements?
- The individual is grade 8 or older
- Has received the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist.
- Has completed at least 2 years of sacramental preparation through religious education classes
- Attends all required sacramental preparation events and completes required activities
To register for confirmation click the link below:
Is it Mandatory?
Do I have to be confirmed?
Does my child have to go to class?
Do I have to attend the retreat?
All of us are given free will to choose right from wrong, to choose sprinkles or no sprinkles on our doughnuts. Free will extends to Confirmation. You discern if the formation events are more or less important than what else is going on in your life. No one is forced to be Confirmed/attend Confirmation classes/retreats/service projects etc.
Please don't ask your Catechists and Catholic School Religion Teacher if an event is mandatory/required/compulsary etc.
That's up to you to discern.
Catechists/Teachers are simply trying to prepare Confirmands as the Bishop and the parish has asked.
Here's the thing: Life happens, family members get married, loved ones pass away, homecoming dances happen, your team competes at Nationals, etc. We understand these things are important moments in a persons life and we will happily work with you to cover the material of whatever was missed.... but some things can't be made up - moments of growing deeper in faith as you serve with your peers, team building or encountering Christ in a powerful way at Mass, in reconciliation or on retreat.
If you are in a period of your life where some aspect of your life repeatedly seems to supercede Mass attendance or Confirmation preparation, then don't get Confirmed, come back to Confirmation when you can give yourself adequate time to prepare. The Church will be here when you are ready!
The Bishop in this diocese asks that Confirmands prepare for the sacrament by completing each parish's required events and going to Mass. At the Confirmation Mass the Pastor of our parish testifies to the Bishop (through the recommendation of the catechists) that the Confirmands have completed these elements and are prepared to be Confirmed. If you have not attended the offered events and Mass, it's very difficult to recommend you to the Bishop as having fully prepared for Confirmation.
We encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and discernment. Then encourage you to exercise your free will.
We are here to support you in your journey and will do what we can to prepare you for this Sacrament.
RCIA--FOR ADULTS SEEKING BAPTISM AND/OR FULL COMMUNION WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: If you are unbaptized, or if you were baptized in another Christian tradition but considering becoming Catholic, you can contact Michele Blate at the parish office about any questions you may have on the process of exploring these steps in your faith life! Check out the RCIA page on our website for more information.