Confirmation - Junior High

Sacrament of Confirmation

In final preparation for your Confirmation, please double check the expectations for Year 2 and remember to complete 7 mass reflections, approximately 20 hours of stewardship projects and a confirmation retreat.

What is a Sacrament? 

"The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131). 

In other words, sacraments are visible signs that make present an invisible reality; this invisible reality is the gift of grace. Whenever a sacrament is celebrated the visible part we see brings about the invisible reality that is taking place. Confirmation is one a sacrament of initiation.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation

During preparation for Confirmation in the junior high years, both 7th and 8th grade youth receive two years of religious instruction and additional sacramental preparation.  This sacramental preparation takes the form of retreats, special assignments and content specific workshops.  The content specific workshops are intended for youth and their parents and also count toward the "Explore Four" requirement when a parent attends.  


7th Grade - Year 1

Any 8th grade teens who missed these sessions in 7th grade are asked to attend them in their 8th grade year.

  • Catholic Skills: Scripture, Sunday September 19, 2021 4:45-6:15 PM or Monday September 20, 2021 6:30-8:00PM (parents are invited to an engaging parent session)
  • Catholic Skills: Prayer, Sunday January 23, 2022 4:15-6:15PM or Monday January 24, 2022 6:10-8:00PM (parents are asked to attend with teen -  teen and parents can participate virtually or in person)
  • The 7th Grade Retreat 
8th Grade - Year 2

Click here for Introduction to  Confirmation and Confirmation Action Plan

Teens are asked to attend three Confirmation Preparation Sessions with a parent or sponsor:

  • Confirmation Prep #1: Sunday September 26, 2021, 4:45-6:15 PM or Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:30-8:00 PM (Parents attend this first session)

  • Confirmation Prep #2: Sunday, January 9, 2021 4:45-6:15 PM or  Monday, January 10, 2022 6:30-8:00 PM (Teens are asked to bring a sponsor or parent; meet in the church.) (You can choose to participate virtually or in person)

  • Confirmation Prep #3: Sunday, March 20, 2022, 4:45-6:15 PM or Monday, March 21, 2022 6:30-8pm (Teens are asked to bring a sponsor or parent; meet in the church.) (You can choose to participate virtually or in person)

  • 8th Grade Teens are asked to choose and register for one of the 2021-2022 Confirmation retreats: 
     Saturday, October  23 (11:30-6:00pm and includes Mass),
    or Sunday November 14, December 12, or March 13th Time is 1:00-7:30pm and includes Mass. 

Saint Reports include the following:

• A summary of the life/lives of the saint(s) whose name you have chosen to take as your Confirmation name.

• Follow all the instructions included in the attached PDF under "When writing your Saint Report...

Consider the activities "In What Ways do you Relate to Saints?" and "What Saints can you Relate to?" as aides to help you construct and complete a robust report. The SIX saints included in the document are EXAMPLES of POSSIBLE saints. Your choice of saint name is not reserved to just those examples.

If you are still struggling to find a saint after following the activities:
IOS users might try using: Confirmation Names on the App Store on iTunes

Biggest and Best List of Confirmation Saints (for Guys and Girls) - for Catholic Youth

  • Write a Letter Requesting Permission to be Confirmed to Fr. Robert Basler: Click here for Guidelines for the letter.  DUE in March
  • Confirmation Retreat: You must have attended a confirmation retreat.
  • 7 Mass Reflections: DUE in APRIL
  • Stewardship Log and Reflection (20 hours of service) DUE in APRIL Click here for Log and Reflection form
Important Dates

7th graders:
Scripture: with parents September 19 or 20, 2021
Teaching Mass December 12, 2021 6:30pm
Prayer with parents - January 23 or 24, 2022
Teen Reconciliation - March 16, 2022 7:00pm

8th graders:
Prep #1 - September 26 or 27, 2022
Teaching Mass December 12, 2021 6:30pm
Prep #2 - January 9 or 10, 2022
Teen Reconciliation - March 16, 2022 7:00pm
Prep #3 - March 20 or 21, 2022

Confirmation Retreat Options - Saturday October 23 (11:30-6:00), or Sunday November 14, December 12 or March 13.  Time is 1:00-7:30pm.  All retreats include Mass