Confirmation celebrates the Spirit of God in the Church. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation into the Church, together with Baptism and Eucharist. Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. In the Diocese of Richmond, this sacrament is currently conferred in the 10th grade.
Confirmation Preparation Guidelines
Confirmation Preparation takes place during the formation year in which the youth is to be Confirmed. The Confirmation Preparation Program takes place separately from Christian Formation. Students may be confirmed if they are currently in at least their 10th grade year of school. Non-Confirmed Catholic school students in their 10th grade year or higher should register for Confirmation Preparation.
Following Diocesan Guidelines, students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation should also be enrolled in the Parish Christian Formation program.
Teens and at least one parent are expected to attend a discernment meeting prior to participation in the Confirmation preparation program. All students wishing to be Confirmed will participate in four Confirmation Preparation sessions prior to Confirmation, a day retreat, and one Mystagogy session after Confirmation. Celebration of the Sacrament will take place at a time and date to be specified by the Diocese. For additional information, please contact Sharon Katzman at 757.484.7335, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is available on the Cluster Parishes homepage.