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Kelli Kester


Receiving the Gifts of the Spirit - Confirmation

 We are so glad you have chosen our parish to begin your child’s preparation for this sacrament.

Preparation for Confirmation is accomplished through ongoing Faith Formation at The Basilica of Saint Mary or at a Catholic school that the student attends.

Students not attending a Catholic School must participate in the Basilica’s Sunday evening Faith Formation sessions throughout the 9th and 10th grades. 

Students and their families will also attend:

  • One mandatory parent/sponsor/candidate meeting in October.
  • Five candidate meetings that take place during regular youth classes.
  • Monthly candidate/sponsor conversations arranged by the candidate and the sponsor.
  • A required, half-day candidate retreat.
  • Family discussions using materials we provide.
  • Attendance at a Rite of Sending during a spring Mass.

For more information or to get involved in the youth confirmation program, please contact Kelli Kester

Role of the community

“The Confirmation candidates need the community’s prayers, witness and support throughout the preparation process. In offering catechesis to the parents and sponsors, the Church shows its love for and eagerness to support them as well as their children.” – National Catechetical Directory #117