Sacrament of Confirmation

Saint Ambrose Confirmation Preparation 2023-2024

Confirmation preparation takes place for one year prior to the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Since raising children in the faith is the primary responsibility of the parents, we at St. Ambrose will accompany each candidate and family to the best of our ability.1


  1. Sunday Mass: Attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.
  2. Register: Registration begins in July.
    • Forms available in the parish office, online on the confirmation page, or email David.
  3. Inquiry Meeting: Parents and Candidates (grades 9 – 12) attend the Confirmation Inquiry Meeting on Sunday, September 17, 9:45am-10:15am at St. Ambrose in the Church. We are available for questions afterwards.
  4. Formation: Join for all of the four family sessions. Starting in the church with the whole family, we will break into respective faith formation levels. Parents will receive formation as well. Sponsors are welcome.
    • Sunday, October 15th, 9:45-10:45am
    • Wednesday, January 17th, 6:30-7:30pm
    • Wednesday, February 21st 6:30-7:30pm
    • Sunday, March 17th, 9:45-10:45am
  5. Required Paperwork: Complete the required Confirmation paperwork. This may be submitted beginning September 17 through January 17.
    • One online form:
      • Verify the reception of the sacrament of baptism. Either:
        • Confirming candidate was baptized at St. Ambrose. 
        • OR if the candidate was baptized at another church, turn in their baptismal certificate. Send in the physical original to us (we will return it to you) or call the church of the baptism and have them send it to St. Ambrose.
      • Sponsor Selection. Needs to be a confirmed, practicing Catholic who is not a parent.
      • Saint Name/Confirmation Name Selection
    • Letter to Father Peter 
  6. Retreat: One weekend retreat the year you plan to be Confirmed. (Last year’s 2022-2023 confirmation retreat counts.)
    • Confirmation Retreat: December 1-3. This is our main retreat.
    • Other options need to be approved by David including but not limited to: Steubenville Conference, Extreme Faith Camp, Winter Faith Camp.
  7. Rite of Sending: Candidate, Parents and Sponsor (if able) participate in the Rite of Sending Mass at Saint Ambrose on Sunday, March 17th at 11:00am.
  8. Sacrament of Confirmation: The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred at the Confirmation Mass Tuesday, April 9th, 7:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. Paul.


We highly encourage all youth preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to commit to being involved in the Youth Ministry. The primary ministry for those seeking Confirmation are:

  • High School Youth Groups Wednesdays
  • Monthly Extreme Faith Nights on Fridays
  • Lifeline Events
  • Winter Faith Camp
  • Extreme Faith Camp
  • Steubenville Conference

For more information on additional opportunities, see our Youth Ministry page or reach out to David.

Paperwork and Forms:

Frequently Asked Questions:

For more information, please contact:

David Flynn
[email protected]

  1.  “The right and duty of parents to give education is essential, since it is connected with the 
    transmission of human life; it is original and primary with regard to the educational role 
    of others, on account of the uniqueness of the loving relationship between parents and 
    children; and it is irreplaceable and inalienable, and therefore incapable of being entirely 
    delegated to others or usurped by others.” – “Rights and Duties of Parents.” ↩︎
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