"'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.' And when he said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'" John 20:21

Confirmation Overview

Click here for the Confirmation Preparation Registration Form

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation occurs during a student's 10th grade year in the Diocese of Richmond. Students in 11th or 12th grade who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation are also encouraged to enroll. Students (i.e. candidates) seeking to be Confirmed must register for Religious Formation, which may be accessed here. The Confirmation candidate is also expected to participate in the Confirmation preparation curriculum, which is separate and distinct from high school youth group (see below).

Confirmation Expectations for 2016-2017

1.  Attend Confirmation Orientation with Parent: Sunday August, 28th from 7-8:15pm

Candidates seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and their parents are to attend an orientation session to discern readiness and disposition for sacramental preparation. 

2.  Attend Confirmation Preparation Sessions

Candidates seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should attend 8 preparation sessions and Mystagogy session, as outlined by the Diocese of Richmond. Most of these sessions will occur on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 6:30-8pm in More Hall with a few exceptions (refer to the schedule below). Make-up sessions are also scheduled each month to accommodate candidates' schedules. 

Click here for 2016-2017 Confirmation Preparation Schedule

3. Enroll and Participate in Religious Education Classes

Candidates are expected to be enrolled in Religious Education classes, which at STM is our High School Youth Group. Candidates should attend BOTH monthly Confirmation preparation sessions and weekly Youth Group meetings. Candidates who attend Religious Education classes elsewhere (either through homeschool or Catholic school) are still expected to attend Confirmation sessions, but are not expected to attend Youth Group, though they are always welcomed!

4. Participation in a Confirmation Retreat

Candidates are expected to attend the Confirmation/Fall Retreat. The Diocese of Richmond offers alternative Confirmation retreats for candidates who are unable to attend STM's Confirmation Retreat. For more information, please contact Ginny at

5. Completion of the Sponsor Commitment by the student's sponsor

Confirmation candidates are to choose a sponsor to support and guide them through the Confirmation process. The sponsor commitment form is due to Ginny by October 9th.

6. Interview with Youth Minister

Confirmation candidates are to meet with the youth minister. Please contact Ginny at by August 21st to set up a meeting time.

7. Confirmation Rehearsal (with sponsor or proxy): Tuesday, May 30th @ 7pm at STM

8. Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation (with sponsor or proxy):

Wednesday, May 31st at 7pm at St. Thomas More

If you have any questions, please contact Ginny, the STM Director of Youth Ministry, at 237-5911 or at You may also refer to the Diocesan website for more details:






Confirmation schedule 2016-2017:

  • August 27-28:Interviews
  • August 28: Orientation, 7-8pm
  • September 11: Session 1, 6:30-8pm
  • October 9: Session 2, 6:30-8pm
  • November 4-6: Confirmation Retreat
  • December 4: Session 3, 6:30-8pm
  • January 8: Session 4, 6:30-8pm *Rescheduled due to weather*
  • February 5: Session 5, 12:30-2pm *Time change due to Super Bowl
  • March 12: Session 6, 6:30-8pm
  • April 2: Session 7, 6:30-8pm
  • April 30: Session 8, 6:30-8pm
  • May 30: Confirmation Rehearsal
  • May 31: Celebration of Confirmation
  • June 4: Confirmation Reflection, 5-6:15pm
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