Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
In the New Testament, those who believed in the Apostles’ preaching were baptized and received the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands. The apostles baptized believers in water and the Spirit. Then they imparted the special gift of the Spirit through the laying on of the hands. “The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church.” (CCC, no. 1288, citing Pope Paul VI, Divinae Consortium Naturae, no. 659). By the second century, Confirmation was also conferred by anointing with holy oil. For more information on the Sacrament of Confirmation download: Confirmation Handout
Children are normally prepared for their 1st Reconciliation in the second grade; followed by preparation for the sacraments of Confirmation and 1st Communion (Eucharist) in the third grade. In the Diocese of Phoenix the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist are celebrated in the same Liturgy. St. Mary’s Basilica also provides sacramental preparation programs for children older than the third grade. For more information Visit: Confirmation and 1st Eucharist for Children
If you are a Baptized Catechized Catholic and only need the sacrament of Confirmation
your preparation for the sacrament will be completed through a six week Adult Confirmation Course.
Registration Form: Adult Confirmation Inquirer Information Form 2018
Welcome Letter: Confirmation Welcome Letter
Adult Confirmation Schedule: Confirmation Schedule 2018
Fill out the Adult Confirmation Inquirer Information Form and return it via mail, email, or in person before April 4, 2018.
Once your Adult Confirmation Inquirer Information Form is returned an interview will be scheduled before the start of classes.
If you are a Baptized Uncatechized Catholic and haven’t received your 1st Communion (Eucharist) and Confirmation your preparation will be completed through the year-long Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Process.
Director of Faith Development
Br. Scott Slattum, OFM
Phone: (602) 354-2082