What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is the third Sacrament of Initiation in the Roman Catholic Church. Confirmation is the Sacrament in which the baptized are strengthened by the Holy Spirit in order to bear witness to Christ and prepare to take on the role of a disciple.

"Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit." - John 14:16 


Just as Baptism gives new life, Eucharist nourishes life, and Reconciliation restores life when it is broken, Confirmation strengthens that life by the gifts of the Holy Spirit (cf. CCC 1285). Confirmation is about strengthening what God has given, and continues to give, to his sons and daughters (cf. CCC 1302-1303).  Confirmation establishes the beginning—not the end or “graduation”—of a life of full, and active participation, and responsibility in the Church. 

To confirm means to strengthen. In Confirmation, our faith is deepened and strengthened. Sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, we more perfectly become the image of God.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists five effects of Confirmation:

· It roots us more deeply in the divine filiation [as sons of God] which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!”

· It unites us more firmly to Christ;

· It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;

· It renders our bond with the Church more perfect;

· It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.



The St. Bernard Youth Confirmation Preparation process prepares candidates to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation as part of their ongoing faith journey. The opportunities for service, personal growth, and faith-building will allow candidates to connect with their parish, the community, to use the gifts of the Spirit in witnessing their faith, and demonstrate their sincere desire to be confirmed.

More than a program, this Confirmation preparation is a journey of faith.   We begin in mid-October for Catholic students 7th or 8th grade who are enrolled in ether St. Bernard School or St. Bernard Family Faith Formation.   The celebration of the Sacrament is typically held in early or mid-May.  

The Sacrament of Confirmation is not a catechetical program where we instill or pump knowledge or INFORMATION in the minds of young Catholics. It is a process of being IN-FORMATION, where youth experience God at work in their lives through the signs, symbols, rituals, and sacraments of the Church.   Where they  grow and deepen their relationship with Christ and his Church. By our baptism, we are all called to be disciples of Christ in our world. The Sacrament of Confirmation is an extension of our baptism and first communion, where we realize the gifts that the Holy Spirit has instilled in us and we go forth and use those gifts for the glory of God, however we may be called to that.


2020-2021 Confirmation Journey

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year has closed.

Please contact Cyndi Marlow in the parish office if you have a youth (ages 13-18) who would like to begin preparation for a future Confirmation date.


2020/2021 Family/Candidate Information and Forms

Information and Handbooks/Booklets

Candidate  Forms 

Candidate Confirmation Sessions


Confirmation Parent and Youth Handbook 2020-2021

Confirmation Checklist/Dates (from last page of Family Handbook)

Service Project Ideas Booklet - Based on Corporal works of Mercy

Choosing My Patron Saint Booklet

Guidelines for Letter to the Archbishop - Due April 19


Candidate Choice of Confirmation Sponsor form - due Oct. 26, 2020

Candidate/Parent Confirmation Commitment form - due Nov. 18, 2020

Service Project Relfection Form - two projects and reflections due  anytime between Nov. 18, 2020  through April 15, 2021  Link to PDF of this form

Patron Saint/Confirmation Name Form  - due March 28, 2021 Link to PDF of this form

Holy Week/Triduum Mass Reflection  - Due April 6  Link to PDF of this form

Guidelines for Letter to the Archbishop - Due April 19


Confirmation Session One Link  (password "spirit" ) Due February 8

Confirmation Session Two Link (password "gifts") Due March 12

Coming Soon Confirmation Session Three "Where do  I Go From Here?"



2020/2021 Sponsor Information

Sponsor Handbook 2020-2021 

Sponsor's Commitment Form  - Due Nov 5, 2020

Sponsors are  invited and welcome to view all candidate forms and candidate sessions  so that they are able to offer support and assistance.   




Practicing Catholic adults and high school youth who have received First Eucharist and First Reconciliation but are lacking only the Sacrament of Confirmation, should contact Cyndi Marlow in the parish office to arrange a tailored program to prepare them for the Sacrament.