The Sacrament of Confirmation

CONFIRMATION DAY IS NOVEMBER 21, 2009! We look forward to welcoming Bishop DeSimone to St. Dorothy Parish!!

Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation.  It confirms the promises made by our parents at our baptism.  Confirmation is conferred by a Bishop who represents the entire church community.  At the sacrament of Confirmation, candidates are welcomed as full adult members of the faith community.  The Bishop raises his hands and asks the Holy Spirit to help the students throughout their adult lives. He then seals each student with chrism.


Course Work

Patron Saint

Confirmation students are asked to choose a patron saint with whom they identify. The student should research the saint of their choice, write a short report on the life of the saint including how and why the student relates to this particular saint.  The report should also explain what part of their patron saint's life they hope to emulate.  The name of their chosen saint will be the student's confirmation name. Links to some websites with good information about Catholic saints can be found on the homepage.

Shield Project


Students will also complete a shield project. The shield contains symbols of Confirmation and qualities of their patron saint and a motto that the students will try to live by.  A sample of the Auxiliary Bishops' coats of arms can be seen on the Archdiocesan website.

On the left is a picture of The Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone's Coat of Arms. Each element in the Coat of Arms has a special meaning to Bishop Cistone.  For a full explanation of the Bishop's shield click on his name or on his Coat of Arms.

Confirmation Questions

Play the Academic Raceway Game!

During mass the Bishop may ask the students some questions about what they have learned in class. A game that can help you study possible questions and answers can be found here.


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