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Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation, one of the three sacraments through which people become members of the Christian community. In the early Church, most people became Christians as adults. They received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist in a single celebration. As increasing numbers of people joined the Church, there was a movement away from baptizing and confirming new members all at once. The Church began to administer Confirmation separately from Baptism so bishops, who could no longer baptize everyone, could continue to seal new Christians in the Spirit.

In the Church today, it is the general practice for parents to bring their infants to the parish church for Baptism by the priest or deacon. Ordinarily, children in second grade prepare for their First Communion. Sometime between ages seven and sixteen young people complete their journey into full membership when the bishop seals them in the Holy Spirit at Confirmation.

St. Francis Xavier celebrates the sacrament of Confirmation in eighth grade. The preparation allows candidates time to claim for themselves the faith they have experienced in their families. The goal of Confirmation is to involve young members in the life of the Christian community through enrollment at a parish liturgy, service within the parish and beyond, conversations with their sponsor and others in the parish community, presence with the community at prayer and worship, and formal instruction. The candidates also participate in a retreat afternoon and an interview with an adult member of the parish. Confirmation is celebrated in March.

Find out more about the Confirmation curriculum.

2019-2020 Confirmation Booklet

2020 Confirmation Candidate Form

2019-2020 Important Dates for Confirmation

2019-2020 Confirmation Sponsor Booklet




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