Those in Grade 7 or higher are eligible to prepare for Confirmation (or Confirmation with First Eucharist). Confirmation Preparation consists of enrollment in Religious Education for the candidates, weeknight meetings for the parents with assigned homework to be completed by the candidate with parental help, volunteer work, and retreat experiences with parents/sponsors.
Confirmation preparation is in addition to and along side Religious Education classes. Students must enroll in two (2) consecutive years of Religious Education classes beyond Grade 6. They are eligible to celebrate Confirmation after completing their second year of Religious Education at the Grade 8 level or higher and after their parents have attended the Parent Confirmation Meetings.
(NOTE: Those preparing for Confirmation and First Eucharist will receive both sacraments in the same Mass celebration.)
Example: In the first year, begin by enrolling in Grade 7 (or higher). The text used for Confirmation Year One is One Faith, One Lord/Una Sola Fe, Un Sol Senor. In the second year, enroll in Grade 8 (or next consecutive year). The text for Grade 8 is Jesus in the New Testament. Parents attend Confirmation Preparation meetings during the second year. Confirmation is celebrated in the fall after the completion of this second year.
If you are an adult catholic (i.e. beyond secondary education), and are seeking to celebrate Confirmation or Confirmation and First Communion, please contact Jay Cuasay, Director of Christian Formation at 703-430-0811 ext. 112 and ask about Adult Confirmation.
Adult Confirmation (for a baptized Catholic) is normally celebrated at the Cathedral in Arlington during the Feast of Pentecost (in the Spring). You should contact Jay Cuasay during the Fall or Winter (but no later than January) prior to Pentecost to begin the process.
If you are an adult from a different Christian denomination and are interested in being in full communion with the Catholic Church, please read about Becoming Catholic or Contact Jay Cuasay for more information about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (or RCIA).