The Sacrament of Confirmation
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation, whose unity must be safeguarded.
It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285
Youth Confirmation Program
At St. John of God youth who were baptized as infants usually receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the tenth grade. According to Diocesan guidelines youth must participate in a two year program to be confirmed. Most youth begin Confirmation classes in the ninth grade and are confirmation in the tenth grade. Our Confirmation program is held on Sunday evening from 5 pm - 8 pm. It includes Mass, dinner, and class.
The Education Office of the Diocese of Fall River has classes for adults who need to receive just the sacrament of Confirmation. If an adult needs to receive First Communion and Confirmation, they are not eligible for this program. Intead they should contact the pastor about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This past year classes were held both in the Fall and in the Spring. The sacrament itself was celebrated in the Cathedral by the Bishop in the Fall and in the Spring for those who had gone through the Adult Education classes. Classes are held in a variety of places and days through out the diocese. The program for adult Confirmation involves six sessions. Information about these classes including a schedule and registration form can be found on the Faith Formation page for the Diocese of Fall River. Information about classes also is found in the Parish bulletin a few months before classes begin.