Receive the Holy Spirit

For Catholic children in Grade 6 and up who have attended church (Catch the Wave) for at least one year prior to signing up.

Our formal Confirmation prep is a 15 month process, from September until the following November, with the goal of equipping young people for an ongoing, lifelong commitment to practicing their faith.  They meet monthly, as a group, for learning and fellowship.  

Regular attendance at mass is required during the 15 month program, and also during the year before starting sacrament prep.  For most kids, that’s grade 2 (Communion) and grade 5 (Confirmation).  The target number we have set is approximately 20 times a year.

Parents whose children have met the mass attendance requirement during their Grade 5 year will be contacted directly in June to sign up for the 2019-20 program.

Confirmation 2019

November 24, 2019 at 11:00.

Confirmation 2020

Date TBD (November or December)


Why is attendance at mass required?

It is our dearest wish that children who receive their sacraments here at St. Ignatius have a feeling that they truly belong here — that this church is a home and a family for them.

In order for this to happen, the kids need to come to church regularly, so they experience it as a routine, a comfortable place where they are known, a place where they can come to know Jesus and His love.

Does this mean my child won't be confirmed until he is in high school? Why do you do it that way?

It’s important that kids don’t think of Confirmation as “graduation” from church.  Instead, we want our program to bridge them into high school, continuing their experience of being active members of the church beyond childhood into adolescence.

My child is in Grade 6, but did not attend church last year. Can she still be confirmed?

If a child was not attending a church program last year, they will first have to attend mass regularly (20 times in a year).  After a year of regular attendance, they can join the Confirmation prep program.

Is there a cost?

A one time fee of $225 is charged for the 18-month prep program.


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