In Toronto, the Church’s invitation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is usually extended to young people in Grade 7. However, the response to this invitation comes at different times for different people.
It is not necessary to be confirmed in Grade 7. Indeed, if one’s faith commitment is not yet sufficiently mature to accept this invitation, it is best to wait. How long? Until one desires ‘full initiation into the Church’, which is what Confirmation is about. Confirmation is not a rite of passage like graduation from elementary school; it is the beginning of a personal commitment to be an active member of the Roman Catholic Church, with all the joys and responsibilities that that entails. Therefore, the best time to be confirmed is not necessarily Grade 7, but rather when you are prepared to deepen your life in the Spirit.
If you are seeking information about Confirmation for your youth, please see PART I.
If you are seeking information about Confirmation for adults, please see PART II.
PART I: Confirmation for Youth
In keeping with the guidelines of our Archdiocese of Toronto, candidates for confirmation are required to participate regularly at weekly mass.
This means that:
If you attend mass here at St. Benedict with your child on Saturday evening or Sunday, you are welcome to register your child here for Confirmation.
If you go to another Catholic church, you are encouraged to contact that parish to register your child for Confirmation there.
If your child is already registered in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium), Confirmation will be addressed at an age-appropriate time on the journey of faith offered in the Atrium.
You may register your child in Faith & Family if your child is:
Baptized, in Grade 8 at a Public School OR
Baptized, and attends Public or Catholic High School
You may register your child in our Youth Ministry Confirmation Process if your child is:
Baptized, in Grade 7 at a Catholic School
PART II: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
If you are an adult, baptized or not baptized, and wish to explore a journey of faith that could include the Sacrament of Confirmation, we invite you to consider the RCIA.
PART III: Introduction to the Sacrament of Confirmation
To learn more about Confirmation, we invite you to visit the Archdiocese of Toronto Website.