What is Confirmation?
Baptism, the Eucharist and Confirmation together constitute the Sacraments of Christian Initiation. Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. By the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.
As every individual’s faith journey is as unique as they are, we understand that receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation can happen at anytime after an individual has come of the age to be confirmed. Therefore, there are different options depending upon the candidate’s age.
Rite of Christian Initiation Programs
ADULTS: Individuals over the age of 18 who are seeking confirmation should inquire about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program by calling Rachel Willoughby at 704-543-7677 x1020
TEENS: Youth who are/will be in tenth to twelfth grade are part of our one-year intensive Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens (RCIT) program. To learn more, visit our RCIT site.
RCIA and RCIT candidates receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass.
Confirmation for Youth
The confirmation process for youth takes place in two parts. The first is designed to strengthen the youth’s Catholic foundation and knowledge before they enter into the second part, which specifically prepares them for the sacrament.
PART ONE begins as early as sixth grade. For youth in Catholic school, this first part (known as remote preparation) takes place in school during religion class. For youth in public/private (not Catholic) school, this takes place in our parish INVITED program. To learn more, visit our INVITED site.
PART TWO may be entered into once a youth is in eighth or ninth grade provided the youth has completed PART ONE through Catholic school, our INVITED program or another Catholic parish program. Our parish program for this part of the process (known as proximate preparation) is our IGNITE program. To learn about the responsibilities and expectations, visit our IGNITE site.
Thank you for allowing us the privilege of supporting your family through the Sacramental process. If you have any questions, please contact Trish Martin.