The Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.  For students, confirmation at St. Gabriel Catholic Church is received in 9th grade.

  • For the 2015-2016 school year, students at St. Gabriel will be confirmed in November 2015.  (Date TBD)
  • The required student/parent Confirmation Retreat will be held Sunday, October 11th, 12:15 – 4:45 pm, in the Parish Hall (school cafeteria).  This retreat is for students registered in St. Gabriel’s Confirmation Program.



Prerequisites for Confirmation

In order to receive this sacrament, students (9th grade or older) must have:

  • Been baptized
  • Received the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
  • Completed 6th, 7th and 8th grades of religious instruction in a Catholic Faith Formation program or a Catholic school, prior to beginning preparation for Confirmation


Learning Targets for Confirmation

In preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, students will understand:
•That Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments, and one of three sacraments of initiation
•That Confirmation provides the strengthening and continuation of Baptismal graces
•That the sacrament brings us closer to Jesus Christ
•That in Confirmation the Holy Spirit provides gifts for discipleship
• That Confirmation transforms us for fuller witness and service
• That a sponsor is a mentor providing guidance in the faith
•That Confirmation only has meaning in relation to Baptism and Eucharist
•That the anointing in Confirmation is the seal of Baptismal grace
•That the embrace of Confirmation opens us to receive and share the gifts of the Holy Spirit
•That Confirmation is essentially a sacrament of call and response
•That Confirmation is NOT a rite of passage, a Bar Mitzvah, or declaration of becoming Catholic
•That Confirmation should be celebrated in community

In preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, students will be able:

•To explain that a sacrament is an encounter with Christ, and a celebration of the presence of Jesus Christ
•To name the seven sacraments and the three sacraments of initiation
•To list and explain some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit
•To explain why the Eucharist is the heart of our religious tradition
•To name some of the fruits of the Holy Spirit
• To profess their belief in the mystery of the Trinity
•To recite basic prayers such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory prayer, Apostles’ and Nicene Creed, and Act of Contrition
•To define Confirmation as a sacrament of initiation and explain its relationship to Eucharist and Baptism
•To know who presides at the conferring of the sacrament of Confirmation
•To understand that the anointing with oil signifies the presence of the Holy Spirit and is the sign of the sacrament
•To explain why Confirmation is joined to Eucharist and Baptism
• To realize that it is important for them to be open to the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit
•To understand that the seal of the Spirit in Confirmation is permanent
•To see the importance of participating in Mass and growing in knowledge of the faith

Service Hours:

Confirmation students must provide proof that they have completed 10 hours of volunteer service in the community.  View a list of suggested service hour projects 

Print a copy of the service project form  that must be signed by the service coordinator.


Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the Confirmation program at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, please contact Trish Stewart at 704.362.5047 ext. 219 or