Immediate Preparation & Registration
Immediate preparation takes place for one year prior to reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Each year, the parish holds an informational meeting for any families interested in learning more about the immediate preparation process for Confirmation and what to expect. All families with 8th grade teens or older who have not been confirmed are particularly encouraged to attend.
The parish then invites potential candidates to formally make a request to the pastor to begin preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This request is made by submitting an online registration form. This form allows us to gather some basic information and communication preferences as well as get to know each candidate and family better. It also asks potential candidates and their parents to reflect on and share their motivation for pursuing the sacrament of Confirmation.
The registration form will be open for a period of months through the parish website, typically in the winter-spring of 8th grade. After this time, requests to begin immediate preparation for Confirmation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A nominal fee is also asked of families at this time to help cover basic costs of materials for preparation (including books, the Confirmation Mass, and retreat day).
In addition to submitting the registration form, each candidate must submit a recently issued certification of their Baptism from the parish at which they were baptized (this is completed by calling the parish of Baptism and requesting a record to be sent to St. Christopher Parish). Each candidate’s family should also be formally registered with St. Christopher Parish (can be done by contacting the Parish Office or through our online form).