Confirmation 2017-05-18T19:07:33+00:00

Confirmation for Adults

If you are an adult who has been baptized and raised in the Catholic Church but has not yet been confirmed, you are invited to contact Donna Shriner, at 332-1164, ext. 3045. In preparation for celebrating the sacrament on Pentecost (usually in May or June), approximately ten group sessions are held.

If you have never been baptized, were baptized in another Christian church and now wish to come into full communion with the Catholic Church, or were baptized in the Catholic Church but were not raised in the faith and are seeking to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation, please click here.

Confirmation for Young Adults

Confirmation celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on a Christian in order to strengthen him or her for the Christian life.  For more information please contact Emily Schaefer, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at

  •  Holy Family Parish, Whitefish Bay, WI (414) 332-9220 X133
  • St. Robert’s Parish, Shorewood, WI (414) 332-1164 X3011

Requirements for Confirmation

Baptism is the “gateway” to all the other sacraments. A copy of the candidate’s baptismal certificate is required unless it has already been submitted.

Parish Membership:
We celebrate the sacraments in our parish communities. If you are registered at another parish, we will need a letter from your pastor agreeing to your preparation and celebration of the sacrament through Holy Family. If you are not currently registered at any parish, please do so. To register at Holy Family, click

A sponsor must be:

• a baptized, confirmed, practicing Catholic
• at least 16-years-old
• not the candidate’s parent or adoptive parent; grandparents and siblings may be sponsors
• able to attend as many of the Confirmation preparation sessions as possible

• someone the candidate can turn to for spiritual support throughout the candidate’s life
Sponsors may be either male or female; there is no gender restriction.

In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Catholics who were baptized as infants are confirmed at age 16 or when the candidate is in the 11th grade. Candidates in the 12th grade who have not yet been confirmed are invited to participate in Confirmation preparation along with juniors.
Preparation sessions:
Please check with your RCIA coordinator for more information. Sponsors are encourage to participate along with the candidate.
Letter to the Confirming Bishop:
The local bishop is the ordinary minister of Confirmation. To provide a link between the confirming bishop and the candidates, each candidate is to write a one-page letter to the bishop introducing him/herself and indicating the reasons for wanting to be confirmed. More instruction about the letter will be provided. The deadline will be approximately six weeks before the date of Confirmation.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee likewise requires an interview of the candidate in order to get to know his or her preparedness for and understanding of the sacrament of Confirmation.
Service project:
Christians have always linked baptism with service to others. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has asked that service be a component of preparation for Confirmation and delegates each parish to determine what that component will look like.  Your RCIA coordinator will have details on service requirements and opportunities.
Jesus often went off to pray. Retreats are part of the Christian spiritual heritage, which is why the Archdiocese requires a retreat for Confirmation.  Candidates are responsible for finding another Confirmation Retreat if a serious reason prevents them from coming on the parish organized Confirmation Retreat. 

Other Expectations of the Candidate:

• Weekly Mass Attendance
• Having a Bible available to the candidate for personal use

Frequently Asked Questions:

May I take a confirmation name? Yes. For many years in the Catholic tradition, candidates for Confirmation were asked to select a patron saint to whom the candidate had a particular devotion. Because of the link between Baptism and Confirmation, candidates are encouraged to recommit to the name given to the candidate by his or her parents at Baptism. If a candidate chooses a Confirmation name, the name must be of a canonized saint.

What if I can’t find a sponsor? Some candidates struggle with selecting a sponsor who meets all the requirements. Ask your parents to help you decide. Consider aunts, uncles, neighbors, family friends, or other mentors. Talk with us if you have difficulty.

May I have two sponsors? While only one sponsor may have a role in the Confirmation liturgy, if you struggle with your decision, both sponsors may be listed in the sacramental registry of the church.

What if my sponsor can’t come to the Confirmation liturgy? Illness, emergencies, or other difficulties sometimes make it impossible for sponsors to come to the celebration of the sacrament. If that’s the case, the candidate should select a proxy to stand in for the sponsor. The name of the sponsor, not the proxy, is recorded in the sacramental records of the church.