"The Gift of the Holy Spirit has been bestowed upon the Church and upon each one of us so that we may live lives of genuine faith and active charity…that we may sow the seeds of reconciliation and peace. The gift of the Holy Spirit renews the earth."

- Pope Francis

Confirmation is all about the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower each of us to hear and follow God's voice and to receive special sacramental grace to live out our faith throughout our whole life with all its challenges, tests, and opportunities. It is much more than a rite of passage; it is an invitation and equipping for life-long faith in Christ.

Confirmation at St Mark’s is normally received in 8th grade, but each year we have a few older students too. All are welcome!


Youth Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation class for 8th graders and up takes place on Wednesday Nights from 6:30 - 7:45 PM in a St Mark’s School classroom. Confirmation is an integrated part of the Youth Formation class, where students 6th grade and up meet together. Youth leaders will use a rotation of curriculums to help all students mature in their faith and those in 8th grade and up prepare additionally for Confirmation through completing service hours, interviewing their sponsor, doing a saint project, and going on the youth retreat where
there is a special track from Confirmands.

Course begins with a Parent and Student Meeting on September 18th, 2019, at 6:30 PM in Carolyn Hall.

Class sessions will begin September 25, 6:30 PM-7:45 PM.

Please mark your calendar for the following essential class dates and activities:

  • Introductory Meeting for Students and Parents: Sept 18, 6:30-7:30 PM, Carolyn Hall

  • First Class Sessions: Wednesday Sept 25, 6:30-7:45 PM

  • Family Service Project: Oct 16

  • No Class- Thanksgiving break: Nov. 27

  • Confirmation retreat: Feb. 7 - 9

  • Confirmation Mass: March 22, 2:00 PM, Cathedral

  • Family Stations of the Cross: March 25, 6:30 PM, Church

  • No classes: Wednesday: Feb 26

  • No classes: Spring break/Holy Week: April 1 and April 8

  • Family events: Dates given at Parent and Student meeting


Important Elements of the Program

  1. Registration: There is a $50 program fee, which can be paid here.

  2. Baptismal Certificate: An official copy of your student's baptismal certificate is required if your student was not baptized at Saint Mark's; this must be requested directly from the parish of baptism. (Physical copies of all baptismal certificates should be sent from the parish where child was baptized, with the parish seal attached. Digital copies cannot be accepted.)

  3. Confirmation Sponsors: The course also includes a Sponsor interview by the student.

  4. Confirmation Saint: The course includes writing a 2-3 page paper or making a 5-7 minute video about the saint of your choice, approved by Sr. Leann. 

  5. Confirmation Retreat: Feb 7-9. Cost $130 (suggested donation).

  6. Service Requirement: Students will be asked to serve in a ministry of Saint Mark's or address the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy in other ways. 15 Hours of service required.

  7. Candidate Interviews: Just before Confirmation, each candidate will interview with Fr. Humberto, Fr. Adam, Deacon Yamato, Br. David, or Sr. Leann.

Please direct questions about Youth Confirmation Formation to our Faith Formation Coordinator.

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