The Sacrament of Confirmation is a mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Confirmation is the rite in which we are strengthened for service to the Church and to others and sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God’s fidelity to us. It is received only once in one's lifetime; it is not a repeatable moment.
Young people begin their formal preparation for the reception of the sacrament in Grade 7 and the Bishop administers the sacrament in the fall as they begin Grade 8. A special retreat day is required for all those who seek to confirm their faith as young adults. For more information, please call the Office of Religious Education (718-763-2590).