Through the sacrament of Confirmation, we are strengthened to be Jesus’ witnesses to the world. A person is fully initiated into the Catholic Church by the reception of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. In Baptism, the graces conferred are focused inward. In Confirmation, grace infuses the recipient to a deeper faith that can now be shared shared with others.
We receive the Sacrament of Confirmation by an anointing on our forehead, reminiscent of the anointing of athletes for strength in ancient times. Confirmation is often separated from Baptism by a number of years though the two Sacraments are closely related.
In the Diocese of Arlington and at St. Mary’s, we prepare children to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during 8th grade. The preparation process includes all of one’s religious education and formation for many years prior to 8th grade. However, in a more intentional and formal way, we begin the process in September of 8th grade.
We use materials and resources from a program called Chosen and the Faith and Life series to prepare youth for confirmation. We aim to offer an exciting, thoughtful, catechetical and challenging program to match the demands of modern culture. We also have available other resources and materials, which our catechists use as well. We require that children complete this preparation by attending our parish school, our Catechism/CCD sessions, or another approved home school or Catholic school program for a minimum of two years beginning in their 7th grade year.Contact Religious Education
More detailed information for Confirmation can be found in our Confirmation Handbook 2020-2021.
Confirmation forms for the 2020-2021 school year will be added as they are updated, please check back soon!
Adults (ages 18 and older) who have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion but have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation are welcome to register for our Adult Confirmation Crash Course that will be offered in the Spring prior to the Adult Confirmation Masses held in the Diocese of Arlington.Adult Confirmation Registration
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…and you will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
The Basilica of Saint Mary
310 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
313 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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