Confirmation Preparation 2019-2020:


*Confirmation for Wednesday, March 18th has been suspended. Please stay tuned for re-scheduled date*

Information Session for Candidates and Parents: Tuesday Sept. 10, 2019 @ 7pm in Kaplan Hall

Confirmation Interview: Sign-Up Here

Candidates are expected to meet with a youth minister in preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please contact Deacon Grimm or Ginny Gazewood to schedule an interview.

Confirmation Prep Nights: Those preparing to be confirmed are required to attend all youth group nights. 

Please note that attendance at Confirmation prep sessions and participation in small group discussions is an integral part of formation for the sacrament. Failure to attend at least 80% of the youth groups, or to complete make-up work in the event of extended absence, may result in referral to a second year of Confirmation prep before receiving the sacrament. We understand that illness, family situations and emergencies do happen, so if you do miss more than one session please contact Deacon Grimm to arrange for make-up work. We will do our best to accommodate extenuating circumstances and the needs of your family. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance!

Recognizing the diversity of needs in our community, it is our hope to serve all of God's children regardless of physical, cognitive, social, sensory, or other differences.  If your teen requires special accommodations in order to thrive in a ministry environment, please let us know how we can work with your family to offer appropriate curriculum or pastoral adaptations.

Confirmation Retreat: November 8-10th at the Jamestown 4H Center.  Participation in a Confirmation retreat is a diocesan requirement for reception of the sacrament of Confirmation.

Drop Off: 7:00 pm Friday
Pick Up: Arrive for required parent meeting 12:00 pm Sunday, depart with your teen afterwards

                                         Address: 3751 4-H Club Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Sponsor Forms due: Wednesday, March 11th  Click here for sponsor form.

Candidates will be given guidance for choosing a saint at the Confirmation retreat in March. 

Confirmation Practice: TBD

Confirmation Mass: The Confirmation Mass for all candidates will be on TBD. Candidates must arrive with their sponsors at 6:00pm sharp. 

  • Dress code: shirt & tie for the men (suits not required); dress, skirt or nice slacks & blouse for the ladies.  Please keep modesty in mind as you choose your outfits. Shoulders should be completely covered, and no low-cut tops.  Skirts/dresses should reach within 2 inches of the knee.  Leggings may not be worn in place of pants (under a dress or skirt is fine).

Mystagogy: The mandatory follow-up session to Confirmation is for parents as well as the confirmed teens. Mark your calendars for TBD.

What is the Catholic Church's teaching on the Sacrament of Confirmation?

"Incorporated in the Church through baptism, the faithful [...] are more perfectly bound to the Church by the sacrament of Confirmation, and the Holy Spirit endows them with special strength so that they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith, both by word and by deed, as true witnesses of Christ." (Lumen gentium 11)

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1302-1303
It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.

From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace: 
- it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!";
- it unites us more firmly to Christ; 
- it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; 
- it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
- it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross:

Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts. [St. Ambrose, De myst.]
Let us Encounter, Embody, and Share Christ


Confirmation Meetings  

  • September 10 - Orientation
  • October 15 - Session 1
  • November 19 - Session 2
  • January 14 - Session 3
  • February 18 - Session 4
  • Additional Meetings: TBD

These sessions are IN ADDITION to Youth Group Nights

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