“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. For ‘by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.’”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285

Confirmation Requirements

The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires a two-year Confirmation process for any student wishing to receive the sacrament.

In keeping with Archdiocesan guidelines, candidates seeking the sacrament of Confirmation must have completed Faith Formation for two years prior to the sacrament preparation. Typically, this is during 8th and 9th grade and is met either through attendance at a Catholic school or our Parish Religious Education (PSR) Program. For those in the Parish School of Religion, you must attend 80% of your classes in 8th and 9th grade to be able to enroll in Confirmation Preparation. In the spring of 9th grade, registration for Confirmation Preparation classes will open for rising 10th graders.

Candidates who missed previous sacraments or 8th grade or 9th grade formation may need additional preparation. Contact the Youth Minister for details. The Pastor and Youth Minister reserve the right to amend the Confirmation requirements as needed.

Confirmation Preparation Program

At Our Lady of the Assumption, Confirmation Preparation classes occur on Wednesday nights from September-early November. For more information and the full calendar, please read the Confirmation Handbook. Parents and teens who want to register for Confirmation should read the handbook before registering.

Bishop Ned Shlesinger will celebrate Confirmation at OLA on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7pm. For a full calendar, please see the handbook.

Registration for Fall 2019 Confirmation is now OPEN. This registration is for high schoolers who will be in 10th grade or above in fall of 2019. The registration deadline is June 30, 2019. 

Additional forms for the Confirmation Program will be sent out to all registered families in July.

For questions about registration, please contact Gretchen Heath (Religious Education Secretary) at (404) 261-7181, ext. 123 or gheath@olachurch.org.  For questions about the Confirmation program, contact Angela O’Donoghue (Youth Minister) at (404) 261-7181, ext. 113 or aodonoghue@olachurch.org

If your child cannot attend the Wednesday evening classes and would like to participate in another parish’s Confirmation program, we can provide a letter of delegation to assist in that process.

Please note: Due to the nature of our program, our retreat is limited only to those who participants in the program. We cannot accept youth from other Confirmation programs on our retreat.