Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace, and through the gifts of the Holy
Spirit helps us grow to Christian maturity. The Sacrament strengthens our bond with the
Church, associates us more closely with her Mission and helps us bear witness to the Christian
faith in words and deeds. (CCC 1316)

Children: Children of St. Vincent are prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation in Junior High
(7th/8th Grade). The date for Confirmation is determined by assignment from the Archbishop’s

The Confirmation program extends the two years of 7th & 8th Grade. Seventh Grade serves as
a time to review the fundamental beliefs and practices, morals and teachings of the Catholic
Church. Eight Grade provides an opportunity to put faith into practice by 1.) becoming more
familiar with ways in which the Church calls all members to actively share time, treasures, and
talents to build up the household of God and 2.) actually involving youth in prayer, ministry,
and service.

Adults: Those adults who have not yet been confirmed can arrange to be confirmed by
contacting the parish office. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, those who have not been
confirmed are invited to join in the whole local Church’s celebration of Confirmation at the St.
Louis Cathedral on Pentecost. At Easter time a notice will appear in the bulletin reminding
those who have not been confirmed to contact the pastor. Private instructions will be arranged
prior to the reception of the Sacrament.