The Sacrament of Confirmation
Congratulations! Confirmation is a celebration of the gifts and presence of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the faith community. After a time of preparation that often includes catechesis (learning), opportunities for service, ministry, and retreat, and participation in the life and worship of the Church, fellow parishioners can truly say that they see the Holy Spirit working through the candidates seeking the sacrament. We are honored to be given the opportunity to help our adolescents and adults seek this beautiful sacrament of initiation.
Youth Seeking Confirmation
Confirmation Prep in the Archdiocese of Boston begins in 10th grade and the age of 16. Registration and sessions start each Fall.
Adult Seeking Confirmation
Becoming a Catholic/Seeking full communion (adults seeking the sacraments of Initiation)
An unbaptized adult may wish to explore becoming a Catholic. Every fall, a group of adults gathers to begin that process in our parish churches. They meet regularly with lay leaders and clergy to prepare. The group (known as the Catechumenate) moves in stages or steps toward Lent and the Easter Vigil when Baptism is celebrated.
An adult who was baptized in a Christian church may wish to come into full communion with the Church. A group similar to the Catechumenate receives instruction, guidance, and support. Reception into the church usually also takes place at the Easter Vigil. These individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again.
To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called “candidates,” usually participate in a program to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Some preparation may be with catechumens preparing for baptism, but the preparation for candidates is different since they have already been baptized and committed to Jesus Christ, and many have also been active members of other Christian communities.
An adult who has been baptized and has received communion but never received the sacrament of confirmation is welcome to receive the sacrament after some preparation.