Sacrament of Confirmation -
Receive the Holy Spirit
In Confirmation, Christians receive a special
outpouring of the Holy Spirit and deepening of baptismal graces needed to grow
as mature disciples of Christ in the life of the Church.
Registration for 2017-2018 are now closed,
please check back in Fall 2018 for our 2019 dates.
Confirmation Registration Form
Please include $20.00
registration fee with your Confirmation Registration Form. This will be applied for the
expenses (Confirmation Workbook, Gown and Digital Group Photo). A baptismal certificate is required if not baptized at St
Mary of the Visitation Parish. Deadline is November 1,
2017. Forms are
submit on the Lord's Day at Mass.
Please note you must be an active registered family
in our parish for your child to receive a Sacrament at our parish. Registration
with one of our parish schools does not mean that you are registered with the
parish. If you are an active practicing member of another parish, a letter of
permission will be required from your Pastor.
registration form can be submit on during any of our Lord's Day Masses at
our Welcome Desk.
Confirmation Sponsor Form
of Enrollment Form
A Time to Away from Textbooks to Tools
the celebration of Confirmation is a ritual, living out Confirmation is a
relationship. Young people will be assigned to a Small Group led by a parent and
a high school aged teen. These small groups will engage in activities together
to prepare for Confirmation.
Deadline is November 1, 2017.
register for Small Groups here
If you have questions please contact the
Check out our Confirmation Video
Why do this ? Does it not all happen at
At St Mary’s Parish we are dedicated to having something
for everyone. This includes ensuring something for our young people. Our
Catholic Schools are special places too. The Sacraments, however, are about a
faith relationship found within the community of the Church, not membership in a
school. At some point in their life, students graduate from their school;
they may visit, but their school will not be the place they go back to for
healing in a moment of crisis, for sacramental care in a time of joy, or for
direction on occasion when they are called to grow and mature in life. When they
graduate school - they leave to return as a visitor. A Parish, a faith
community, is a place you never graduate from, and Confirmation is a Sacrament
that says "I want to be a member of a community of faith - for life - not
to graduate from it - but to grow within it!"
We are doing this because we love your child, and we want to help you to let
them see - they never graduate from Church, they never graduate from God - but
rather they grow here and become who God wants them to be !
During the year our Confirmation Candidates are invited to
review the lives of the saints and to consider one saint who, because of their
example of life, they would like to prayerfully invite, to be their patron for their celebration
of Confirmation, and their role model in their life of Discipleship.
One of the most important
decisions in choosing a sponsor for Confirmation. This question is often mixed with emotion, family
pressures, the friendship factor and other considerations. We offer the
following for your prayerful consideration.
The Church teaches that in
order to qualify as a Confirmation Sponsor the following is required:
years of age
baptized Roman Catholic who has been confirmed and received Holy Communion
good standing with the Catholic Church (for example, if married, was married
before a priest or deacon, is not cohabiting outside of marriage).
not the biological father or mother of the child
regularly participating in the life of the Roman Catholic Church thru
attendance at Sunday Mass
Non-Catholic Christians may
not be a Sponsor
Role of the Sponsor
for the individual they are sponsoring regularly
an example of Christian living
- be a good moral guide.
- Help the
individual they are sponsoring to grow in the Roman Catholic faith
every encouragement to follow Christ
to Choose a Sponsor
for active, faith-filled Catholics
their faith first over the value of their friendship
your child's faith first and the feelings of others second
honest: half-hearted faith yields half-hearted godparents
the bar of expectations high for you child's sake
rush it; pray and give it time