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Confirmation Preparation | Middle Grades

Saint Mark Catholic Church utilizes a long-term Confirmation process that is available to those who have completed their ffith grade of faith formation.  The Confirmation Process consists of two periods: the period of remote preparation, which includes catechetical instruction and the proximate or immediate period, which consists of spiritual and liturgical preparation.

Due to the fact that all preparation for the celebration of Confirmation is to be held within the parish community, it must be noted that the context for Confirmation preparation is within youth ministry. Although faith development and education take place in families and schools, the parish remains the ordinary and primary locus of liturgical preparation and sacramental preparation.

Depending on one's background in the Confirmation process, Confirmandi will be placed in either Confirmation I, Confirmation II, or Confirmation III.   Placement in the Confirmation process is not based on academic progress. However, traditionally Confirmation I correlated to 6th grade; 7th grade to Confirmation II; and 8th grade to Confirmation III.  

Confirmation I and II

Confirmation I and II fulfill the aformentioned period of remote preparation. Candidates are provided opportunities to review Church doctrine and teaching, turn to God in prayer and bear witness to the faith, worship, and work actively with their peers to spread the Gospel through service.

Confirmation III

Confirmation III fulfills the proximate or immediate period of preparation. Candidates are provided the same opportunities as above, yet their focus will be centered on spiritual and liturgical preparation of the sacrament. 

For more information on Edge, our Confirmation Preparation program, visit

For questions regarding Confirmation Preparation, contact Theresa Benson at, or 704-948-1306

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