Sacrament of Confirmation

“Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 8:14-17



“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.” (CCC 1285)

Confirmation Preparation for Youth:
As they reach 8th grade, all baptized students regularly attending Religious Education classes or a Catholic School are invited to celebrate their Sacrament of Confirmation. Please contact Erin Stracener for more information about your child being confirmed.

Confirmation Preparation for Adults: The community of St. Matthew welcomes and invites all baptized adults who were not confirmed as youth to continue their journey of initiation into a deeper spiritual relationship with God through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Adults wishing to be confirmed are prepared through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Sessions are held from September until May each year on Tuesdays nights. Please contact Erin Stracener at 615-550-5131 or for more information about the RCIA program.

Dress Code for Confirmation:

The Bishop is the one who sets the rules for appropriate dress. Because of the special nature of the occasion, and the spirituality of the place, the dress for the Sacrament of Confirmation should reflect the importance of the moment.

For girls: Dresses which cover the shoulders and come down to a respectable length near the knee in white or pastel colors. Modest, simple clothing with no large jewelry. We interpret this to mean chests and shoulders should be covered.

For Boys: Collared long sleeved shirts, (white or pastel in color) with appropriate tie (any color) and khaki or dress slacks with dress shoes; no tennis/jogging shoes. We ask that the boys wear dark colored jackets. Sponsors should abide by this same dress code.

For Sponsors: Sponsors should abide by this same dress code.

Calendar of Events:

Confirmation Practice:
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the church

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

For More Information:
Erin Stracener
Director of Religious Education