The Sacrament of Confirmation takes root in the experience of the first disciples of Jesus, on the Pentecost following Jesus’ death and resurrection. Through Confirmation, Christians receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, like the disciples did on Pentecost. This gift fulfills Jesus’ promise to all Christians that God will send them a “Consoler” to be with them and give them the strength and the skills to live and preach the Gospel. Confirmation usually is celebrated by Catholics in their teenage years. It is bestowed by a bishop or someone explicitly appointed by the bishop.

Preparing to receive Confirmation is a time of reflection on one’s faith. This allows the person to better understand, and take more responsibility for his or her relationship with God. At St. Ignatius Church, Confirmation takes place during eighth grade, and through the Children’s Faith Formation program.

For more infomration on Confirmation of a child or an adult, please contact Dan Faloon at or (415) 422-2195.