“Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.”

-Acts 8:14-17

Confirmation at St. Jude
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At St. Jude, Confirmation normally is conferred in 11th grade. If you have passed the 9th grade year, please call to discuss what plan is best for you. If you are an adult, you may be required to go through the RCIA program. For more information on RCIA, please click here.

  1. All Confirmation candidates (confirmands) must have received Baptism.
  2. All confirmands must have had at least one year of Confirmation Preparation and formal instruction regarding the sacrament.
  3. Each confirmand must have at least one sponsor who is at least 16 years old, a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, is already confirmed, and who is not a parent to the confirmand.
  4. It is ideal that the sponsor be the same as the baptismal sponsor (godparent) if at all possible, and that the sponsor be someone to whom the confirmand can relate with and grow in faith together.

Catholic Teaching on the Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacrament which strengthens us and the life of the Holy Spirit at work in our hearts. In the United States, it is usually the last of the Sacraments of Initiation administered and, together with   Baptism and the Eucharist, marks the beginning of our full initiation into the Catholic Church. Those who have been confirmed are able and expected to take on many more ministries in the Church, working as adult Christians to build up the Kingdom of God.


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