As teenagers we have many questions to ask and to have answered as we look into our faith and our beliefs. Confirmation carries forward the grace of our baptism, by signing us with the gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence, and the spirit of wonder and awe in the divine presence.

This sacrament helps young adults to claim their baptismal promises as their own, so that they may give mature witness to Christ in the world through lives of worship, love, and service.

In this diocese, Confirmation is conferred on young adults who have achieved at least the junior year in high school or are a minimum of 16 years old at the time of receiving the sacrament.

For information regarding Confirmation please contact Fr. Patrick Sherrard at (206) 722-7888.


St. Paul, St. Edward, St. Peter & St. George Catholic Churches, Seattle Confirmation Program Requirements

Confirmation requires full intention and willingness. A young person entering into this sacramental preparation process must be:

A baptized Catholic
16 years old or older
Willing to profess the Catholic faith
Willing to take on the role of a disciple of Christ

The decision to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation is not one to be taken lightly, for it involves both Faith and commitment.

What are the requirements of the Confirmation preparation program?

Complete the Registration form
Attach a copy of the Baptism certificate
Select a Sponsor

Each candidate is asked to choose a mentor from within the Catholic community to act as a sponsor during the Confirmation journey. Parents of the candidate may not be their sponsors.

Sponsor selection guidelines:
– A sponsor is a Confirmed Catholic, at least 16 years old as of October 1, 2008
– A sponsor must be active in the Faith. Active participation means that the sponsor regularly attends Mass and is involved in the Parish life.

Attend the Sunday preparation sessions, rituals, and the weekend retreat as designated in the preparation calendar.
Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All candidates will prepare for and participate in a Reconciliation Service prior to being Confirmed.
Write a reflection on a Catholic Saint.
Write a letter to Father Scott Connolly, Pastor.
Complete and log in 15 hours of service and submit a reflection paper.

Fr. Scott Connolly


For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).