What is Confirmation?

“Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to witness Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. 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.” ( is strengthening one's relationship with God and accepting responsibility for your faith.  

General Program Overview

As with other Sacraments, St. John the Baptist stresses the importance that parents, family, and other key adults have in the lives of those who seek to mature in their Catholic faith. It is our hope and expectation at St. John’s that those choosing to be Confirmed desire full participation in the parish community. Therefore, outlined is our general structure and process to prepare youth in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation:

  • At St. John's, the practice is for youth to begin the preparation for confirmation in the ninth grade; older students may choose to begin the confirmation process in 10th or 11th grade if they feel they are not ready in 9th. Confirmation small group classes meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from October through April. Additionally, all youth in grades 9-12 are invited and encouraged to attend High School Youth Group which meets on the first, second and third Wednesdays of the month. Attendance is required for youth who attend public high school or are homeschooled and highly encouraged for those who attend Catholic high school. It is a mixture of small group faith sharing, service, learning, and fun!All young people are to be engaged in either the parish Faith Formation Program (High School Youth Group) or attend an accredited Catholic High School. 
  • We follow Ascension Press’ Chosen curriculum.
  • In addition to classroom confirmation sessions, students will be asked to reflect and research a saint (could be used as their Confirmation name), participate in various service works within the home, involvement in the life of the parish, and larger community. Reflection on such service will also be required.
  • A retreat will be held for confirmation youth to enable them time to enter more deeply into prayer and an opportunity to encounter Jesus personally.
  • In the fall or winter after their year of preparation, candidates will complete the program with final small group gatherings, an opportunity for confession, and Mass celebrating the sacrament of confirmation (date given to us by the Archdiocese). The celebration of this Sacrament usually takes place at the Cathedral of St. Paul or Basilica of St. Mary’s, enhancing the understanding of our role in the broader Catholic Church.

 For more information, contact Robyn Liebl at or 952-890-9434 ext. 313

Confirmation Calendar for Current 2021 Group (being confirmed this Fall)

Wednesday, September 29 at 6PM

Flock B and Virtual Group

Final Small Group Sessions

Wednesday, October 6 at 6PM

Flock A 

Final Small Group Sessions

Saturday, October 9 OR 

Sunday, October 10

Required Retreat: 

Oct. 9: 11:30-6PM; and Oct. 10: 11AM-5:30PM

Wednesday, October 27 at 6PM

Parent Informational Meeting

Candidate Reconciliation

Sunday, November 7 at 1:30PM

Basilica of St. Mary’s

Celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation

Sunday, November 14 at 11AM Mass at St. John’s

Blessing Mass with Reception to follow

Incoming Confirmation Candidates for 2021-2022 Program

Parents use this URL to register for all program options, depending upon child's age (please have child's approximate dates & locations of sacraments received to date handy):

Confirmation will begin for incoming candidates on October 13 at 6PM.