I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God." St. Dominic Savio
St. Mary's invites high school youth who have been baptized and have made their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation, completing their initiation in the Catholic Church. The candidate must desire to grow in faith and seek Confirmation of their own free will. Furthermore, the candidate must understand that Confirmation demands an ongoing response to be nurtured in lifelong spiritual formation .
St. Mary's celebrates Confirmation in the Fall, with preparation usually starting in the late Fall/Winter and continuing to the following Fall (meeting once a month with a break over Summer). As a community of faith, catechists, parents, and sponsors journey with the candidates during the preparation. Your child will have opportunities to build community and deepen their faith through preparation sessions, pilgrimages, retreats, and/or service.
Teens not attending a Catholic high school will also need to attend a series of "Alpha Nights" throughout the preparation as their on-going faith formation. Teens attending a Catholic high school receive their on-going formation through their school religion courses; however, they are invited to also participate in the Alpha Nights. All high school teens, regardless of where they attend school, are encouraged to participate in our Youth Ministry events.
Families with high school students wishing to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation should contact the Faith Formation Office at 410-990-4056.