CONFIRMATION is a sacrament of initiation… and like the other sacraments of initiation, CONFIRMATION calls us to conversion and deeper relationship with God, one another, and ourselves.

“This makes clear the special importance of CONFIRMATION for sacramental initiation by which the faithful ‘as members of the living Christ are incorporated into Him and made like Him through BAPTISM and through CONFIRMATION and the EUCHARIST.’” (Apostolic Constitution on the Sacrament of Confirmation, emphasis added)


The normal age for youth CONFIRMATION  in the Diocese of Arlington occurs in the eighth grade.  ST. MARK requires two consecutive years of faith formation prior to reception of the sacrament of CONFIRMATION (i.e. seventh and eighth grade.) The two years of consecutive preparation for CONFIRMATION at ST. MARK normally begins in the 7th grade with candidates receiving CONFIRMATION in the spring of 8th grade. Fulfillment of the two-year preparation process  includes; enrollment for the first session/class of the 2021-2022 year either in a RE program or at a Catholic School, participation in a Spirit Team, engaging in a CONFIRMATION retreat, completing a formal interview,  and parental sessions. More information regarding these events will be provided after sessions begin.

Weekly participation in the Sunday liturgy is especially important if we are attempting to prepare our youth to become adult Catholics in the faith. No sacramental preparation can substitute for our greatest act of worship which occurs during Mass.

For information on Spirit Teams, please read the Confirmation Handbook.

High school-aged youth

If you have a high school-aged youth who wants to receive the sacrament of CONFIRMATION, please contact Jean Lupinacci in the Religious Education Office at 703-938-1948 ext 1.


Are you an adult BAPTIZED Catholic over the age of 18 who desires to receive the Sacraments of  CONFIRMATION or EUCHARIST? The Office of Religious Education will be happy to assist you. In your initial conversation with the Director of Religious Education for Adults, you will have the opportunity to express your questions and have your concerns addressed.


When will the 8th grade Youth Confirmation 2022 occur?

Monday, May 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm at ST. MARK with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Practice begins at 6:00 pm with Candidate and Sponsor only. There will also be a rehearsal on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm for Candidate and Sponsor.


What is the role of a Sponsor? 

Sponsors play an important role not only in the celebration of the Sacrament of CONFIRMATION but in the life of your youth as well. They represent the larger Christian community who desire, like you, to have youth mature in wisdom, age, and grace.

They witness to a committed relationship with Jesus lived through prayer, sacramental participation, and service towards their neighbor.

Who can be a Sponsor?

The Church states that a CONFIRMATION sponsor must meet the requirements below:

  • At least 16 years of age and sufficiently mature
  • Someone other than the parent or legal guardian of the one being CONFIRMED
  • If married, their marriage is recognized by the Church
  • Participate in the life of their parish community through frequent reception of the sacraments
  • Live a life of moral commitment in loving service to others

Being a Sponsor or Godparent provides a more in-depth historical context of the explanation of these requirements.

What if the Sponsor is from another parish? 

If the sponsor is a member of another parish an eligibility letter or certificate is required. A form for sponsors to present to their parish will be available at a later date. 

What if I have been asked to be a Sponsor? 

To request a Sponsor Eligibility Letter or Certificate contact the Parish Secretary Stacey Ashman at 703-281-9100.  Please plan to allow at least three weeks for completion. You will be notified when the letter is complete to come pick up your letter at the Parish Office.


Page last updated: May 10, 2021


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