Confirmation

Our Confirmation Preparation Program will undergo some significant changes this year. 

As before, the Confirmation Prep program is designed to help candidates understand the meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation, renew their understanding of Baptism, reflect on essential elements of the Catholic faith, and examine the importance of being an active and practicing Catholic.

Unlike previous years, the majority of class time will be spent in small faith-sharing groups. The meeting days and times are yet to be determined, and placement in these groups may be based on age, prior knowledge, prior experience, or some combination of these. Placement of each candidate is up to the discretion of the Coordinator of Youth Ministry and our Pastor, but please let us know if you have any concerns that you would like us to consider.

When and how candidates register for Confirmation Prep is also changing. This year, registration for the 2019-2020 program will open July 1st and close on September 1st. As part of the registration process, every candidate and his/her parents must attend an entrance interview before the candidate is accepted into the program. This interview has two purposes: 1) to determine the candidate’s readiness to begin Confirmation Prep, and 2) to make sure that the candidate and parents get their questions answered and receive all the important information they need to begin preparation.

As always, candidates for Confirmation must be baptized and practicing Catholics, must attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, and must go to Confession at least once a year. Registration fees this year will be $150 for one student and $75 for each additional sibling. More information about the program policies and expectations will be given to you at your entrance interview.

To register for Confirmation Prep:

1. Call or email Tim to schedule your interview.
2. Find or request a copy of your Baptism Certificate.
3. Print and fill out both sides of the Registration Form (click to download).
4. Bring the Baptism Certificate and Registration Form to your interview.
5. Pay the registration fees by October 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I look forward to meeting with you soon!

Tim Kluge
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
(503) 659-2760
tkluge@sjbcatholicchurch.org