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Sacraments for Youth

Confirmation - If you missed it, please read the reflection from our Youth Confirmation Coordinator that appeared in the June 10th parish newsletter below:

In one of my first years of preparing high schoolers for Confirmation at St. Vincents, one of the candidates used what I thought was a really great analogy to explain her understanding of what the sacrament was. She said, “My parents sent me an invitation to the Church through my Baptism and now Confirmation means that I’m RSVPing ‘yes.’”

You may have also heard Confirmation being described as becoming a “Soldier for Christ” or have been told “now it’s your turn to choose (or confirm) the faith for yourself.” While all of the above contain bits & pieces of the truth, they do not convey the fullness of the sacrament.

Paragraph 1285 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us 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.” This is why we’ve used the Acts 1:8 scripture for our Confirmation preparation “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses.” This sacrament gives each recipient what he or she needs to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). This is a big responsibility!

In the Fall of 2019, the Archdiocese of Seattle officially announced that the typical age of Confirmation was dropping from age 16 to 7th grade (age 12). This would mean drastic changes to our preparation program. We have been working for almost two years evaluating how we’ve prepared youth in the past and putting together a transition plan as to how we are going to implement this change in our parish.

You may be thinking, “Why is it taking so long?” Because the Sacrament of Confirmation is very important to the life of a parish and the viability of the Church. The following comes directly from the policies on the role of the parish community, “Since the preparation of candidates for Confirmation is one of the highest responsibilities of the people of God, parish communities are to provide a spirit of welcome, good example and opportunities for their involvement in parish life.” Wow, Confirmation isn’t something that a Baptized Catholic chooses just for himself. Confirmation is yet another gift offered to us to strengthen us with the Holy Spirit and the support of our parish community for a life of discipleship. So now I’ll leave it up to you...if you haven’t been Confirmed, I hope you’ll prepare for this beautiful gift at the age when you’re open to receiving this gift and not just keeping it to yourself but sharing it with others. If you’re already Confirmed, I hope you’ll share in this responsibility in modeling and inviting others to live their lives for Christ.


  1. If you are or have a 6th-12th grader who is interested, please fill out the interest form below. This will help us with planning for the 2021-2022 school year and will add your name to a list, so you'll be contacted when more specific details when they are made available.
  2. To start on your journey of preparing for this sacrament, one should be currently active in our faith community which includes participating in Sunday Mass (in person or via livestream) every Sunday and seeking opportunities to connect and grow in our Catholic faith (participating in our new monthly Family Formation opportunities  was one option but has concluded for this school year).


Reconciliation & Eucharist

Preparation is available for students in grades 6 through 12 who are Baptized in the Catholic Church and wish to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Registration is closed for the 2020-2021 school year. Check back in September for the next opportunity to participate. 

For more information on sacraments for youth, please contact:  Brita (253) 839-2320 ext. 210


The Mission of Youth Ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Parish is to foster youth to love justly with integrity for all as a Eucharistic people who are a living witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ


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