Confirmation: One8

Young people begin preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation during their seventh grade year in a catechetical setting (i.e., Religious Education Program, Catholic School, Home Study). This sacramental formation provides for a child to receive an adequate knowledge of the Catholic faith in order to experience and understand the sacrament they will be celebrating. In the following year in addition to the catechetical setting, candidates for Confirmation will also participate in our parish's One8 program.

One8 is a dynamic program that prepares Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation by helping them to integrate their catechesis into their active faith lives as opposed to simply learning it as a lesson. This is accomplished through a series of sessions that take place outside the typical classroom environment, encouraging Candidates to enter into dialogue about their personal faith life with adult and peer leaders. These sessions aid our Candidates in learning how to communicate their faith, live it more fully, and promote the reality of the Church as a community of believers.

In accordance with the policy of the Diocese of Trenton, proximate (immediate) sacramental formation for Confirmation will occur predominately outside of the traditional religious education/classroom model that the Candidates have been participating in for most of their lives. In addition, all Candidates will receive proximate formation together as a larger parish community.


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2018-2018 Preparation Process

September Session

Parent/Candidate Meeting

Sunday, September 23, 2018
This session concludes with Parish Mass at 5:00pm

Mark your calendars to join us for our parent/candidate meeting on Sunday, September 23 at 3:00pm. We’ll gather together in the Spiritual Center for an opportunity to talk about some of the logistics of this year’s program as well as to prepare ourselves spiritually for this monumental year. We’ll conclude our time together on that day with 5:00pm Mass. Please email Kait ( with any questions. All candidates must attend and bring a parent/guardian.

October Session

One8 Sessions 1 & 2

Sunday, October 21, 2018 1:00pm-6:00pm 

This session includes a snack for candidates and concludes with the 5:00pm Sunday Mass.

Credo During this session, we’ll first discuss a classical proof for the existence of God and eliminate the myth that there is a discrepancy between reason and faith.  Then, we’ll make the distinction between “believing in God” and “believing there is a God.”  This will challenge the candidates to lead their lives to honor, love, and serve God. 

Why? At this session, Candidates will grow in understanding what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ.  This session will challenge them to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit.  It will provide a foundational teaching on the Sacrament of Baptism. 

November Session

One8 Sessions 3 & 4

Sunday, November 18, 2018 1:00pm-6:00pm 

This session includes a snack for candidates and concludes with the 5:00pm Sunday Mass.

Outward Signs This session will give Candidates an overview of the seven sacraments of the Church.  It will briefly explain the role these sacraments play in the life of the Church and will define what grace is and how it is received through the sacraments. 

Epic Story At this session candidates will come to understand God’s plan of salvation, and how that plan has been revealed through Sacred Scripture. Candidates will be challenged to respond to God’s plan for their life, and submit their plans to God’s greater plan.

December Session

One8 Sessions 5 & 6

Friday, December 7, 2018 5:00pm-9:00pm 

This session includes dinner for candidates. Families are invited to join us for the anticipator Mass for the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8 - a Holy Day of Obligation). We will all attend Mass at 7:00pm.

God With Us This session will give the candidates an understanding of the reality that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and the perfect revelation of God. Without this central truth, our profession of faith no longer makes sense.

Pillars At this session, candidates are introduced to the universal nature of the Church, and how the four marks give the Church her identity and mission. This session will also help the candidates understand their identity as Catholic Christians today.

January Session

One8 Sessions 7 & 8

Friday, January 25, 2019 5:00pm-9:00pm 

This session includes dinner for candidates.

Fire, Wind, Water The goal of this session is to help the candidates understand and encounter the power of the Holy Spirit. It introduces them to the Third Person of the Trinity as the “Master of Prayer,” and challenges them to grow in their own prayer. 

Party Guests & Presents The goal for this session is to instill an excitement about the Sacrament of Confirmation. It will help candidates gain a familiarity and understanding of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We will also give the candidates an understanding of the role of saints in the Church. This will help candidates identify the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the saints.

February Session

One8 Sessions 9 & 10

Friday, February 22, 2019 5:00pm-9:00pm 

This session includes dinner for candidates.

Any Given Sunday The goal of this session is to help candidates grow in their understanding of the Mass as the source and summit of our faith. This session is designed to help candidates reevaluate their current attitude toward the Mass and gain a deeper appreciation for it and understanding of it. Additionally, this session provides a theological foundation for the Sacrament of the Eucharist and challenges candidates to accept it as the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. 

Grace Perfected The goal of this session is to help candidates understand the Sacrament of Confirmation as the perfection of the grace they received at Baptism and as a true gift that invites them to live a life in the Holy Spirit. This session will challenge some of the misconceptions candidates may have about being confirmed and it will explain the effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

April Session

One8 Session 11 & Stations of the Cross

Friday, April 5, 2019 5:00pm-9:00pm 

This session includes dinner for candidates.

Spread The Word This session introduces candidates to the missionary mandate of the Church, and emphasizes the role of the Sacrament of Confirmation in strengthening this missionary call in the life each teenager. It will also challenge the candidates to become evangelists at school, at home, and with their friends. It will help the candidates understand that Christ is the central part of all evangelization.

Stations of the Cross This month, we’ll also all attend Stations of the Cross with our parish family.  If there are Candidates who would like to be a lector for this, please email Kait (kmayer@stpaulsofprinceton).

May Session

One8 Sessions 12 & Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:00pm-6:00pm This session concludes with the 5pm parish Mass. 

Your Turn This session will give candidates an experience of Christian service and it will give them an opportunity to the experience of service within the context of faith in Jesus Christ.

Sacrament of Reconciliation At this session, Candidates will attend a Reconciliation service and have the opportunity for individual confessions.

Name and Sponsor Selection

Choosing a Sponsor

Sponsor for Confirmation

We are asking Candidates to have chosen their sponsor by January 15. In order to secure a spot as sponsor, two items must be completed:

  1. Candidate/family must complete the online form found at the bottom of this page or by clicking here:
  2. If sponsor is *not* registered at St. Paul Parish, sponsor must request/obtain from their home parish a letter of eligibility for sponsorship.

Please note the following:

  • Eligibility requirements for sponsors are listed below. Siblings who meet the requirements may serve a a sponsor. Parents may not.
  • If a sponsor is not able to attend the Confirmation Celebration for some reason, a proxy sponsor may be chosen. The same requirements of eligibility apply to the person chosen as a proxy. If a proxy is necessary, please contact Kait directly (

Requirements for Sponsors:
According to Canon Laws (cc. 872-874, 893:1), sponsors for the sacrament of Confirmation must be:

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Fully initiated Catholic (having received Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist)
  • Leading a life in conformity with the faith and the role of a sponsor
  • Not bound by a canonical penalty (e.g., invalid marriage)
  • Not a parent of the one to be confirmed

Additionally the sponsor may be:

  • The same as the sponsor (or godparent) for Baptism
  • Male or female (i.e., female candidates may have male sponsors; male candidates may have female sponsors)

Choosing a Name

Confirmation Name

Here are some details about the choice of a name for Confirmation.
  • May retain baptismal name or choose new name (Diocese of Trenton. Parish Religious Education Administration Manual, Section 507:A. rev. 2012).
  • New name must be name of a recognized saint of the Church (Diocese of Trenton. Parish Religious Education Administration Manual, Section 507:A. rev. 2012).
  • Newly chosen name does not need to be gender consistent (Diocese of Trenton. Parish Religious Education Administration Manual, Section 507:C. rev. 2012).

Please note: Candidates choose ONE name for Confirmation. For example:

My name is Kaitlyn Christine. When I was confirmed, I took the name Rose. I was confirmed as "Rose" (not "Kaitlyn Rose"). Had I chosen to retain my baptismal name, I would need to specify whether I would use "Kaitlyn" OR "Christine" as my Confirmation name. There is only one Confirmation name. When candidates receive their confirmation certificate, it will have their first name, confirmation name (if different than their first name), and last name.

Candidate Info/Sponsor Info Form

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Confirmation Coordinator
Student Ministry
Young Adult Ministry
(609) 524-0511

Mrs. Maureen Sano
Administrative Assistant


Get Involved!

This year’s Confirmation program is a tremendous success and we can't do it without those who worked so hard with us throughout the entire year. We want to continue to grow for the 2018-2019 year and are offering vary ways for parishioners to support our Candidates with different degrees of time and commitment. Training and support is offered for all of the positions - if you feel God calling you to any one of these roles but are intimidated due to lack of experience, step out in faith and trust God (and the training!) will equip you for these ministries! Anyone interested (don’t worry! You’re not committing to anything yet!) please email Kait (


Leadership Team

(for teens and adults)

Teens - You can do this! Any high school teens (entering 9-12th grade this fall) are strongly encouraged to consider serving in this capacity. Teen leaders facilitate a discussion with their small group of Candidates at each of our sessions (questions/topics provided in advance). Service hours available.

Adults - You have the easy job! Each small group will have an adult leader as well as their teen leader. Adults are responsible for taking attendance at each group meeting and general supervision. Adults are also asked to help support the teen leader in the facilitation of the discussion.

Being a part of the leadership team is the biggest commitment there is to make to our program. We’re looking for dedicated group leaders who will prioritize our monthly sessions. If you feel called to this ministry but aren’t able to commit, please contact Kait about the possibility of being a substitute leader.

Hospitality Team

At each of our sessions, we provide a snack (on Sundays) or a meal (on Fridays) to our Candidates and team. This team will be responsible for helping to plan, prepare/set up, serve, and break down each of these snacks/meals for our program.

Prayer Team

We need some prayer warriors on our side! This team would get together (at their convenience) prior to each of our sessions to offer prayer for the Candidates, for the Leadership Team, and for all involved in our program. This is the most important team that we’re assembling this year and likely the most flexible in regards to time commitment. Please conducer making a commitment to pray for us in a very intentional way as we embark on another year of preparation.