“‘Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’
And when he had said this,
he breathed on them and said to them,
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”
— John 20:21–22
Confirmation strengthens (“confirms”) the grace of Baptism with a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Aided by this sacrament, a confirmed Catholic is joined more closely to the Church, and is empowered to be a more effective witness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Confirmation is normally received at age 15 or during the tenth grade. To be confirmed, the person must already be baptized in the Catholic Church and attend either religious education classes or a Catholic school. In addition, all candidates must attend a series of classes for Confirmation (Please See the Confirmation letter with Meeting Schedule below).
The parish assesses a $30 fee to cover the cost of curriculum materials, and retreat programming (This fee is in addition to the $30 religious education fee). Please don't let costs be prohibitive. Contact Ben Fleser about any assistance.
Please Note: Although we are offering in person meetings for Confirmation, please contact us if you do not yet feel safe about meeting in person and we will make accommodations.
Any in person gathering for young people under the age of 18 requires a temperature check and being able to answer 'No' to the following three questions:
Do you currently have a fever (your temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher)?
In the past two (2) weeks, have you presented symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, with no alternative diagnosis?
In the past two (2) weeks, have you been exposed-less than six (6) feet for greater than 15 minutes-to anyone who has tested positive or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 (with no alternative diagnosis), without wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
Please arrive a few minutes early on the day of in person gatherings in order to expedite the process. Thank you!
Each sponsor for youth confirmation must complete a Confirmation Sponsor Attestation Form. This applies to sponsors who are parishioners of St. Benedict Parish, reside within the Richmond Diocese but attend a different parish, or reside outside of the Richmond Diocese. Click here to access the form and FAQ's. Please return forms to the parish office, attention Ben Fleser.
For more information, contact Ben Fleser, Director of Evangelization and Catechesis (firstname.lastname@example.org).