Confirmation For Students

Confirmation For Students




A child preparing for these sacraments must have completed a full year of religious instruction IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING the program year of preparation and reception of the sacraments. Normally this preparation will take place within the regular sacramental preparation program. Students entering the program after an extended absence or without prior religious instruction may be required to complete the children's catechumenate process. Eligibility for sacrament preparation and reception will be determined by the Coordinator of Religious Education and/or the pastor of the Church of the Ascension.         

A child entering Ascension's Religious Education programs from another parish will submit a letter/report from the previously attended program's director/coordinator stating that the child was a participating member of a class the current or previous year.



 Instruction for the Sacrament of Confirmation is required before a student is confirmed, usually in the eighth grade. The Confirmation preparation process begins in the 7th grade and lasts through Grades 8. Preparation for students above the eighth grade will be considered on an individual basis and will be accomplished through a special process. 

Note: The Confirmation Orientation meeting for the Parents of incoming Grade 7 students is scheduled for Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Witzman Center.

The Confirmation program consists of the following for incoming seventh graders:

  •  candidate's regular attendance in religious education class (at least 80%). 
  • attendance by parent at an orientation session before beginning the preparation process.
  • attendance by student at the CHOSEN sessions on Sunday, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 18 at 6:30pm in the Witzman Center, Room 118, as well as the fall sessions on August 19, 26 and October 9, 16, 23, 30 of 2018. 
  • Candidate’s participation in the Confirmation Retreat on August 3-4, 2018, at Maria Stein, time TBD 
  • Candidate’s completion of a minimum of two approved short-term service experiences and the completion of the Christian Service Reflection Form, reflecting on the service before end of 7th grade.


 The Confirmation program consists of the following for incoming eighth graders in 2018-19

  •  candidate's regular attendance in religious education class (at least 80%). 
  • candidate’s and parent’s/sponsor’s participation in the Rite of Invitation during the 8:30m. Mass on January 28, 2018.
  • candidate's participation in the Confirmation Retreat mentioned above at Maria Stein.
  • candidate’s participation in the Penance Service and Practice, Sat., October 6, 2018 from 9-Noon.  Sponsors arrive at 10:30 in church.
  • candidate’s completion of a minimum of two short-term at the end of 7th grade year and one long-term service experiences and completion of the Christian Service Reflection forms reflecting on the service before May, 2019. 
  • completion of Sponsor reflection questions by the candidate and parents/sponsor before Oct. 29, 2018.
  • celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation during Mass, October 2018, TBD.


CLICK HERE FOR Confirmation Registration Form and Long-Term Service Proposal Form



 The student must have attended the regular program for one year immediately prior to the sacramental preparation year and must participate in the Youth Ministry Home LIFE program during the year of sacramental preparation. Participation in all Confirmation preparation activities is expected. In addition, participation in classroom Confirmation preparation sessions will be determined on an individual basis.