The Sacrament of Confirmation can be described as the sacrament of spiritual maturity. It enriches the soul of the person with deep graces of the Spirit. Confirmation is the sacrament that calls recipients to witness courageously the gift of faith by word and, especially, by the example of their lives. The Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church states that Catholics “are more perfectly bound to the Church by the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Holy Spirit endows them with special strength so that they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith, both by word and deed as true witnesses of Christ.”





Confirmation ~ Grades 7-8 + High School

Bishop Higgins confirms a St Mary parishioner

Preparation for Confirmation is a two-year program administered by our Religious Education Office. The program begins in 7th grade and continues through 8th grade. Classes are held weekly and complete spiritual and corporal works of mercy together as acts of service to the Church and local community. We also have specific classes for high school students preparing for Confirmation.  Click here  for more information about Confirmation Classes. The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated annually when the Bishop visits the parish. The actual dates are not determined by St. Mary but given to us by the Bishop’s office, usually in the spring. To register for Confirmation classes, contact the Religious Education Office at 540-373-6491.

Confirmation ~ Adults

Many adults are baptized into the Catholic Church but fail to receive all of their sacraments.  Through Baptism they are freed from sin, become members of Christ and incorporated into the Church.  The sacrament of Baptism gives access to other sacraments. For adults who have never received the sacrament of Confirmation we offer Adult Confirmation Classes, beginning in the late fall and culminating with the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation, when the bishop visits the parish in the spring. To register for Adult Confirmation classes, please call the parish office at 540-373-6491.