ConfirmationConfirmation, 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 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 

Preparation for Children

Children are normally prepared for their 1st Reconciliation (Confession) 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

Preparation for Adults

Effective immediately and until further notice, Bishop Olmsted is suspending all weekday and Sunday Masses, and asking for all parish-and diocesan-based public gatherings to be cancelled. Visit the below link for complete details of the cancellations:  

We will be moving to an online format.  Stay tuned for more information.

Need Only Confirmation:
If you are a Baptized Catechized Catholic and only need the sacrament of Confirmation your preparation for the sacrament will be completed through our six week Adult Confirmation Program.

Registration Form:  Adult Confirmation Inquirer Information Form 2019-2020
Fill out the Adult Confirmation Inquirer Information Form and return it via mail, email, or in person before March 24, 2020.
Once your Adult Confirmation Inquirer Information Form is returned an interview will be scheduled before the start of classes.

Welcome Letter:  Confirmation Welcome Letter
Adult Confirmation Schedule:  Revised Schedule for 2019 – 2020

Need First Eucharist and Confirmation:
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 as required by the Diocese of Phoenix.

For More Information:

Director of Faith Development
Br. Scott Slattum, OFM
Phone:  (602) 354-2082