The Sacrament of Confirmation


All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.

Rite of Confirmation

Strengthen and Deepen Faith through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Confirmation is the second sacrament of Christian Initiation. The ordinary minister of this sacrament is the Bishop and is conferred by the laying on of hands and anointing with Sacred Chrism thus sealing the one confirmed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We pray that the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit take root in those confirmed so that they may become signs of God's living presence in the world.

In this diocese the “restored order” of the sacraments of initiation is observed, thus children are confirmed in the third grade and receive their First Communion at the same Mass. Preparation for these two sacraments is an integral part of the youth catechetical program. (Need a link here) Parental participation is also an essential element in helping their child to worthily receive these sacraments.

Instruction and materials are provided for parents to aid them in fulfilling this responsibility.

Interviews with the child will take place before the child receives the sacraments.

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If you are an adult who wishes to be confirmed, and you are already a baptized Catholic, please contact the Coordinator of Religious Education, Amy Cheevers, 603 526-4484 or email

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If you are not yet a Catholic, but wish to be, please go to Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.