The Confirmation Formation Process

Go and make disciples of all nations.
— Mt 28:19

Our Lady of Grace is really excited to share our Confirmation Program with you. The preparation consists of two years starting in 7th grade. Our Candidates will receive the Sacrament in the middle of their 8th grade year. We are looking forward to walking with your youth in their journey to Jesus. The goal of our program is to bring our youth closer to Jesus through a personal encounter with Him. Our sessions include small group time, large group events, and family and sponsor events. We want to prepare our youth for the new challenges they will face during their journey towards Jesus. We live in a challenging world, so please help us with your prayers to keep fostering more disciples of Jesus.

"I very much enjoyed my Confirmation process. It has been a great blessing in my life and I have grown closer to God. I have also developed a deeper relationship with my sponsor. I especially liked the Confirmation Retreat because it allowed me to disconnect from everything going on, and focus on Jesus.” - Charlie, Confirmation Program 2016-17

8th Grade Year - Confirmation Year 2

As the 8th graders prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation this year, they will have the opportunity to go deeper into the more personal aspects of the faith with the Theology of the Body program. Find out more about the program here and watch the program trailer on the right.

The following events are also part of the confirmation preparation during the 8th grade year:

  • Parent and Candidate Kick-off Event (Parent orientation meeting)

  • One Sponsor and Candidate Meeting

  • Wednesday sessions 6:00-7:15 PM (Small group and large group sessions)

  • Day of Mercy at Our Lady of Grace (Sacrament of Reconciliation)

  • One service project with our Youth Ministry (opportunities include: Mini-missions, Loaves & Fishes, etc.)

  • NET Confirmation Weekend Retreat (find out more about the retreat here)

  • Pilgrimage to the Cathedral and Ice Cream Social

  • Confirmation Mass of Sending

  • Confirmation Rehearsal and Family Prayer Vigil

Sacrament of Confirmation

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Our Lady of Grace welcomes youth to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 8th grade.  In keeping with the archdiocesan norms, Our Lady of Grace holds the following traditions regarding preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

Candidates preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation must:

  • be baptized Catholic;

  • be a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church;

  • have participated in faith formation either through attendance at a Catholic School, or a parish faith formation program for 3 consecutive years;

  • participate in the parish preparation process for Confirmation

If your child is not baptized Catholic, or you need more information about preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please email Sr. Julieta.

Why is it Important to Prepare to Receive a Sacrament?

At Our Lady of Grace, there is a strong tradition of sacramental preparation; in fact many families have had multiple generations formed in the faith and prepared for receipt of the sacraments here. While we believe strongly in our traditions, it is important to note that Our Lady of Grace follows the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis norms with regard to all persons preparing to celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation.

Archdiocesan norms for the Celebration of Confirmation