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The Sacrament of Confirmation


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Confirmation Orientation Meeting - October 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Basilica Social Hall


God is so generous with His Gifts!  Again and again, He has called us and blessed us so that we can celebrate the joy of His love both in this life and in all fullness in the next.  And He gives us the Gift of the Holy Spirit to draw us to Himself and to help us live the life of grace.  The Gift of the Holy Spirit is given in a special way through the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Msgr. Campbell, Rector of the Basilica, has announced two important changes that will affect our parish policy regarding sacramental preparation.


Bishop Jeffrey Monforton has made an important change of policy for the entire Diocese of Steubenville. His decree reads, in part: “the Sacrament of Confirmation is to be conferred at the ‘age of discretion,’ which will, in the Diocese of Steubenville, be the fifth grade level (age 11-12)….Introduction of a common age for Confirmation will be done in a deliberate way, over a three-year period of time.”

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated during the 2017-2018 school year for students in grades six, seven and eight. The Sacrament will be offered again during the 2018-2019 school year for students in grades five and six. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the Sacrament will be offered every year for students in grade five.



Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, any student wishing to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion or the Sacrament of Confirmation MUST participate in 2 YEARS of religious education prior to receiving the sacrament.

If a student wishes to receive First Holy Communion or Confirmation during the 2017-2018 school year, that student must have participated in religious education during the 2016-2017 school year.*

If the student has not participated in religious education the prior year, he or she must register and begin religious instruction so that he or she can receive the Sacrament the following year.

* Religious instruction can be received through St. Mary Catholic School, Parkersburg Catholic School, St. Mary Basilica CCD Program, or through another Catholic School or Parish Religious Education Program. Homeschoolers who are registered with the local superintendent of schools may complete this program by using an approved Catholic Religion Curriculum.

High school age students or adults who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to receive the Sacrament through the RCIA process.

Questions can be directed to Joseph Schmidt (373-3643 or


Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit - his actions, his gifts, and his biddings - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life.  To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community.

“A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs.”

 -Catechism of the Catholic Church,#’s 1309 and 1319 (emphasis added)

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