Family Requirements for Confirmation

Our sacramental program is family-oriented. As the primary educator of your child, a parent’s faith journey is important to us. As we only see your children for less than 24 hours of instruction time/year, you get most of the deep questions of the faith. We are here to support and encourage parents on their faith journey.

Confirmation Registration and Information Night:

Please choose one parent meeting to register your child. If you are unable to attend either parent meetings, please contact Laura Stierman to arrange a meeting date. All parents meet with Laura to register their child for the sacrament.

Monday, September 14th @ 7:00pm in the Church

Monday, September 21th @ 7:00pm in the Church

All families must Register with FLOCKNOTE and opt in to the Confirmation distribution list. To sign up for FLOCKNOTE (no charge) simply text sjotl to 84576 or go to



(a) In-person class meets 3 Wednesdays/month from 5:00 – 6:15pm in the Church. Enter Gather Space (Door 9)

(b) Parent-taught using Matthew Kelly’s Decision Point weekly

(c) ZOOM class “meets” the same 3 Wednesdays/month as the in-person class, from 5:00 – 6:15pm online*

*per Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Youth‘s ministry guidelines, a parent or guardian MUST be present during class and the ZOOM link must be opened from a parent e-mail account.

In the event that schools are closed due to a mandated Minnesota State decree, we will use the Decision Point curriculum and ZOOM for class each Wednesday. Class will be divided into two ZOOM evening sessions, time and date TBD.

Parents will:

  • Attend the Parent Meeting or meet with Laura Stierman before class begins
  • Assist with the Confirmation Retreat, January 9th and 10th (no overnight)
  • Attend the final class of the year, April 28 from 5:00 –  6:15pm

The student will:

  • be in the 8th grade or high school grades
  • be open to the faith and teachings of the Magesterium
  • attend Sunday Mass – when the obligation to attend Mass is back to normal
  • complete the requirements for Confirmation, including attending a daily Mass, Adoration, and Stations of the Cross.
  • complete the Sponsor activities with their sponsor

Confirmation focus

The focus of our Confirmation is to bring students into a deeper relationship with Our Lord and his Church. We use a “small group ministry” model. All students meet together in the Church and are assigned to small groups; parents and college men from St. John Vianney at the University of St. Thomas lead a group of 6-8 students of a single gender.

We teach an opening topic/video, then break into small groups and discuss the content. Parents receive the link to the videos, car questions, and other pertinent information before class, so that they also know what we are teaching.

If a student misses a class for whatever reason – sport practice, illness, school function, family emergency – parents will teach the accompanying Matthew Kelly lesson and the student returns the homework sheet the following week.

Confirmation Sponsors

Sponsors play a huge role under Archbishop Hebda’s leadership in the Archdiocese, and we follow his lead. Sponsors are required to be present for the Cathedral anointing and the Rite of Acceptance at St Jude. In addition, sponsors meet with their students throughout the year and work together on a faith journey. The Friday night portion of the Confirmation Retreat will be geared toward the sponsor-candidate requirements.

2020 Confirmation Dates

Sunday, May 16 at 2pm, at the Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN (required)
Sunday, May 23, at 11am Mass at St. Jude of the Lake, Mahtomedi, MN (required)

Have any questions about Confirmation? I would love to chat with you!

Laura StiermanDirector of Formation