Preparation for Confirmation leads the young Christian toward a more intimate relationship with Christ and the Holy Spirit so they can fully live out their Christian life. The reception of the Sacrament has real and profound effects on the person. The Confirmation Ministry is a one-year program for teens and their parents that is engaging and intentional Catholic formation through small groups, retreats, and service opportunities.

Preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation requires two years of engagement in faith formation. The first year may be at a parish ministry or a Catholic school curriculum (Proximate Year). The second year is direct catechesis in preparation through the parish (Immediate Year). 

Ministry at SMP this Fall:

This year only (2020-2021), the Confirmation Ministry welcomes all students in grades 8th through 12th grades who discern they are ready to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This ministry invites parents to journey with their children toward the Sacrament. The confirmand’s commitment includes two evening gatherings per month from October to May. Parents are invited and encouraged to participate in formational gatherings monthly. Given the unique circumstances of this pastoral year, Saint Michael Parish will offer both in-person and online session offerings.

For more information contact Marriann Tefft –

Please Note: Archbishop Sartain affirmed that the age of reception for the Sacrament of Confirmation is to be lowered to the 7th grade (approximately 13 years of age) for all parishes in the Archdiocese by the year 2023 (click here for the archbishop’s  letter). Saint Michael Parish will make this transition slowly.
9th–12th graders
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