Church of the Immaculate Conception

  The Roman Catholic Community of Glenville, New York

Confirmation for Teens

Confirmation at the Church of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated in the Spring of each year, typically by teens in their junior year of high school.  In accordance with Diocesan requirements, candidates for confirmation must:

  • be at least 15 years old
  • have completed the prior year's catechetical study
  • engage in an immediate preparation program
  • have a demonstrated commitment to living their baptismal call toward serving others
  • complete a retreat, specifically in preparation for Confirmation

Confirmation preparation at Immaculate Conception includes a variety of events including instructional sessions, community service, ritual and prayer experiences, sponsor and candidate gatherings, attendance and participation in liturgy, a retreat and more.

Each August, teens entering 11th grade, who participated in our Parish program as 10th graders receive a Welcome Letter with the details of the Confirmation Preparation Program and a complete Calendar of all Confirmation Sessions for the year.

Teens that are new to the area, have been away from formal faith formation or attend private school should contact the Youth Ministries office as soon as possible to discuss our program.


2019-2020 Confirmation General Information
(check back for updates)

Program Overview

Welcome Letter

Printable Calendar

Attendance at all sessions and activities is expected
  September 30th
 7 - 8:30pm
Introductory evening for candidates and parents
  Parish Hall (if renovations are complete)
 October 21st
 7 - 8:30pm
 Large Group Session
Parish Center Flicker Room
  October 26th
Parish Morning of Service
 As selected
 November 18th 
 7 - 8:30pm
 Large Group Session
Parish Center Flicker Room
 December 9th
 7 - 8:30pm
 Large Group Session
Parish Center Flicker Room
 January 11th
  5pm Mass
Commitment Mass followed by Dinner for the Candidates
Church and Parish Hall
January 27th
Small Group Session
Parish Center Classrooms
 February 8th
 8:00 am - 10:00pm
 Camp of the Woods
Meet at Parish Center
 February 24th
 7 - 8:30pm
 Small Group Session
Parish Center Classrooms
 March 2nd
 Small Group Session
Parish Center Classrooms
 March 16th
Sponsor and Candidate Evening
Parish Hall
  March 30th
 Parish Lenten Penance Service 
Meet in the Church's Gathering Space - families and sponsors welcome
 April 6th
Small Group Session
 Parish Center Classrooms
 April 20th
 7 -8:30pm
 Small Group Session
Parish Center Classrooms

Community Service Expectations
for those preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation

Each candidate is expected to continue a demonstrated commitment to living as a disciple of Christ by completing community service through both Ministry and Mission.  Mission Service meets the needs of those in the greater community, while Ministry Service meets the needs of our own Parish.

There is no minimum number of hours required, rather, we ask candidates to make a commitment and fulfill that commitment.  Candidates then complete and submit 2 service reports - 1 based on their Mission Service opportunity and 1 based on their Ministry Service opportunity.

To deepen the bonds of community within our Parish and specifically among the Confirmation candidates, it is our tradition that ALL CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES have a shared Mission Service experience that we organize/coordinate.

For 2019-2020, ALL CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES will be participating in our PARISH MORNING OF SERVICE on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  There are a variety of opportunities to choose from on this day.  We highly encourage Confirmation Candidates to select an off-site project, which will require and adult to attend with the candidate.  Families are encouraged to volunteer together!  Confirmation candidates are responsible to select from the offered projects and be sure to SIGN UP.  All sign-ups will be done online and begin on September 8th.  SIGN UP HERE

Ministry Service will be selected individually by each candidate, but must directly benefit our Parish Community by volunteering with an existing Parish Ministry Group.  A list of suggestions will be distributed in September at our informational session.  If you need suggestions, please reach out to our office and we will match you with a ministry group that fits with your strengths and interests.  It is our hope, that this interaction will lead to continued Ministry involvement post-Confirmation.

Candidates are asked to prayerfully reflect on their service experiences and complete one service report (which can be printed to the left) for your Mission Service and one for your Ministry Service.  It is recommended that you complete and turn in your service reports as soon as possible after completing the service opportunity,  The absolute deadline for submission of service reports is April 20th.

CONFIRMATION READINESS CONVERSATIONS for candidates preparing to receive the Sacrament in Spring of 2020 will be scheduled beginning in March.  Please check back to schedule a time. 

Please click here to select a date/time. 

Be sure to bring your completed READINESS FORM with you to your appointment.

All conversations will take place in the Parish Center, unless you are notified otherwise.  Upon entering the building, please look for a sign with instructions.