Just as our bodies and minds grow, Catholics
believe that our souls need to grow in the life of grace. Just
as the human body must grow in childhood, adolescence, and then
adulthood, the human soul needs to grow into maturity. Catholics
believe that the Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the growth process on the natural level. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in the Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.
Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and your destiny. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) and gave them courage to practice their faith. Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts and fruits.
If you are an adult who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, or if you are a baptized Catholic who never received Confirmation, please check out The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). There you will find good information on what that process is and also contact information for the person who can tell you more about it.
If you are visiting our site because your child is approaching eighth grade, or a little older; and you want to know the process for your child to receive Confirmation, we say welcome! We know what a busy and exciting time this is for your family, and we want to continue to assist you in raising your child in the faith and prepare them to make their faith their own.
Now, you want to know what is necessary for your child to receive Confirmation. Below are some frequently asked questions to get you started. If your question or situation does not fit neatly into these answers, don’t panic. Life happens! Please call the Religious Education office at (419) 625-7500 or email Mrs. Debbie Geason, Catechetical Leader, with your questions.
At a minimum, your child must:
• Be baptized in the Catholic Church, or another
Christian denomination recognized by the Catholic Church.
Basically, they must have been baptized with water and “in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
• Have received at least one year of religious
education instruction before eighth grade. Enrollment in
Sandusky Central Catholic School in eighth grade, or enrollment
in our Parish School of Religion in level eight is the
norm. If your child is older than eighth grade, we may
require completion of the Rite of Christian Initiation
of Children (RCIC). RCIC is a comprehensive program of
instruction that can “catch up” your child’s
religious instruction when years were missed. Contact Mrs.
Debbie Geason, our Religious Education Coordinator
if that is the case.
• Have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The
reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation should have
taken place along with First Holy Communion. If your child
has not received one or both of these sacraments, contact Mrs.
The instruction for Confirmation typically takes place
during a school year schedule for both the Catholic school
and public school children in eighth grade. Instruction
takes place during the school day at Sandusky Central Catholic
School. Children attending level eight of our Parish School
of Religion receive instruction during their weekly class
time. Older children receiving their instruction in RCIC
will follow a school year schedule also.
Confirmation for eighth graders is usually scheduled in
early May. Please see your schedule received in class for
the exact date.
Every person being confirmed must have a sponsor. To be
a sponsor, you must:
• Be at least 16 years or older
• Have received Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation
• Be an active Catholic and be registered at a
• Not be the parent of the one being confirmed
• Be willing and able to meet with the child as