Fast Facts About Confirmation Preparation
Within the Archdiocese of Dubuque

  • Why Be Confirmed?
    • It is a chance to identify and experience the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
    • An opportunity to build community with other young people of the parish.
    • A possibility to build on the gifts already received.
    • A time to address questions and engage in discussion of our Catholic faith.
    • A period to deepen the faith commitment begun at baptism and sustained through the Eucharist.
  • To be eligible, a candidate must be baptized, be part of an approved program of ongoing catechesis (i.e. attendance in ninth grade faith formation/religious education OR ninth grade religion courses at Wahlert Catholic High School), have the use of reason and the ability to renew his/her baptismal promises.
  • In the Archdiocese of Dubuque, the usual age to receive the sacrament is 15 or older.
  • 2014-2015 Holy Spirit Parish Confirmation Information session will be 6:30 pm, Thursday, August 28th - Holy Ghost's Paraclete Hall/Forester Room.
  • CHOSEN, Ascension Press' new Confirmation curriculum, will be used for the 2014-2015 preparation cycle.

Source: Confirmation Guidelines:Archdiocese of Dubuque. 2006

For Confirmation preparation, candidates meet once a month on Sunday morning to go to Mass and prepare for the sacrament through lessons, prayer, learning, and group discussion. The sessions include one overnight retreat, a candidate/sponsor session, an initial and final interview prior to reception of the sacrament.

During the year of preparation, candidates participate in significant service projects focused on the following areas: parish, family/school, greater Dubuque community and globally. Candidates complete a written reflection on each experience. Additionally, throughout their preparation year, candidates participate in significant prayer and worship experiences. These experiences are beyond weekly Mass attendance. Examples include, but not limited to:
  • Attendance at a Catholic youth conference (i.e. Archdiocese of Dubuque Youth Rally -- even numbered years; Christ Our Life Conference -- even numbered years; St. John Bosco Youth Day - Holy Hill, WI; Steubenville Youth Conference -- various Midwest locations held each summer)
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Attend daily Mass
  • Attend a women's or men's conference (i.e. Dubuque's Martha and Mary Conference for women held in February at the Grand River Center; Cedar Rapids men's conference held in March at Xavier Catholic High School)
  • Attend a high school youth retreat (Unfortunately, the parish Confirmation retreat does not count)
  • Seeking spiritual direction with a priest/deacon/religious sister or brother
  • Participation in the sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis
  • Scripture study/journaling for 30 minutes
  • Involvement in parish liturgical ministry (i.e. altar server, greeter, lector, music ministry -- vocal and/or instrumental)
  • Experiencing compline/night prayer at New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, IA
  • Praying and reflecting on the rosary/Divine Mercy chaplet for 30 minutes
  • Attending a high school youth and young adult music ensemble planning session to plan music for a Sunday liturgy
  • Be creative and "think outside of the box!" Share your ideas with Kris Egan, Director of Youth Formation for approval
  • For more info on the Confirmation program, please contact Kris Egan, Director of Youth Formation, at (563) 583-1709 or email

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