Confirmation is offered at St. Mary of the Lakes for any Catholic who will be 14 years or older at the time of the Sacrament (this is due to the age-appropriate levels of catechesis)

Candidates, age 12+, are enrolled in the Call to Wisdom I & II program (this is a 2 year catechetical program, the final 3 months-12 sessions-are attended by the candidate with their sponsor )

Candidates must have a solid age-appropriate foundation in the Catholic Faith PRIOR to entering the Call to Wisdom program (for most candidates, this would be the completion of Call to Fortitude II). In other words, if the candidate has NOT been attending Faith Formation program since First Communion, they will be in class for 3 academic years.

Immediate Sacramental Catechesis for Confirmation (usually in the Spring) involves candidates completing the program with their sponsors for the final 3 months of Call to Wisdom II (12 sessions just prior to Confirmation)

There is also a 2.5 day retreat during Call to Wisdom II (usually, just prior to the Immediate Sacramental Catechesis)--This is NOT an overnight retreat


Sponsor requirements

· At least 16 years of age and fully initiated in the Catholic Church

· Sponsor form completed: Signed by the sponsor’s pastor indicating that the sponsor is a practicing Catholic, participating in the sacramental life and living in Communion with the teachings of the Catholic Church

· Sponsor’s Certificate of Confirmation

· Sponsor’s Certificate of Marriage—if married

· Must be available to attend the final 12 sessions with their candidate (the sessions are in English)