From ancient times, confirmation was celebrated immediately after baptism, which emphasizes the close connection between baptism and gift of the Holy Spirit to the newly-baptized. This has been the practice in the Christian East and is reflected in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). However in recent centuries the Latin Church has celebrated confirmation some years after a person’s baptism.  In the Archdiocese of Boston, young people are normally confirmed during their sophomore year of high school.

Registration is expected at the beginning of that school year. That is also the time to signal any special circumstances, especially if a young person was not baptized or was baptized in a non-Catholic Christian community.

Adult Catholics who missed an opportunity to be confirmed may complete their sacraments of initiation after a brief period of catechesis in the parish and then participation in the Rite of Confirmation by a bishop. A program for adults who have been baptized in the Catholic Church and who seek Confirmation is provided on an as needed basis to accommodate participants' schedules as much as possible. Please contact a pastoral associate or the pastor for more information or to make arrangements for participation.

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