What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is the third Sacrament of Initiation in the Roman Catholic Church. Confirmation is the Sacrament in which the baptized are strengthened by the Holy Spirit in order to bear witness to Christ and prepare to take on the role of a disciple.

“Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” – John 14:16 

Youth Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is not a catechetical program where we instill or pump knowledge or INFORMATION in the minds of young Catholics.  Rather, it is a process of being IN-FORMATION, where youth experience God at work in their lives through the signs, symbols, rituals, and Sacraments of the Church.  Here they will grow and deepen their relationship with Christ and his Church.  By our baptism we are called to be disciples of Christ in our world.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is an extension of our baptism and first communion where we realize the gifts that the Holy Spirit has instilled in us and we go forth and use those gifts for the glory of God, however we may be called to that.

Preparation for this Sacrament is three year program that begins typically in 6th grade (Confirmation 1), continues in 7th grade (Confirmation 2), and into the fall of 8th grade (Confirmation 3).  The Sacrament is usually celebrated in the fall of the third year of preparation.

Please call the Religious Education Office at 631-665-4914 for more information.

Adult Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation

The Parish of Saint Patrick offers a basic preparation program for adult Catholics who have yet to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. To be eligible for this program, you must be a baptized, practicing Catholic who has received First Reconciliation and First Communion, and you must be willing to make a personal commitment to the Catholic Church as a disciple of Jesus.

Please call the Rectory Office at 631-665-4911 for more information.