Confirmation: Purpose

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 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 Purpose program.

Purpose is a dynamic program that strives to communicate four imperative truths to teens: 

  • there is a God who loves you
  • He lives within you
  • there’s a world that needs Him
  • so He is sending you into the world.

Through these truths, teens can find their own purpose in God’s will for the world. We will share the mission of Purpose 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 leaders and peers. These sessions will aid our Candidates in learning how to communicate their faith, live it more fully, and promote the idea of the Church as a community of believers. In addition to being Confirmed and completing their initiation into the Church, our hope is that candidates will become true disciples of Jesus Christ. 

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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2019-2020 Preparation Process

September Session

Parent/Candidate Meeting

Sunday, September 22, 2019
This session concludes with Parish Mass at 5:00pm

September Review
Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our Parent/Candidate meeting. If you were unable to attend, please contact Kait ( to get the necessary information! Below, check out "September Themes" for a bit of a review of the topics covered at today's session. Look forward to a similar recap of each major topic we cover at [Purpose]. Additionally, we're providing some convo starters to chat about what's covered at the session with your teen. Use these as a springboard for conversation about your teen's journey toward Confirmation. Please continue to check out the [Purpose] section of our parish website for future updates about the program and other support for parents and sponsors!

September Themes:
Traveling with small children can be quite an adventure. Think back to the first couple of times you took a trip or went on vacation with your family. As parents of small children, we have a desire to pack everything we can possibly think of in our best attempt to take care of the needs of our children while away from home. We pack strollers, diaper bags, bottles, pack-n-play cribs, medicine, snacks, toys, games, videos, and anything else we could possibly need for any number of potential situations that may arise while on vacation. We do our best to “cover the bases” by bringing anything we could need for our children in their time of need, away from the comforts of home. We do this out of care and love for our children and an innate desire that we, as parents, have to be the primary caregivers for our children. Situations may arise while traveling with our children, but we do our best to prepare so we can provide for them in their moment of need.

It is now time for your teen to begin their journey to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This journey of faith, which actually began at their baptism, will help your teen discover and embrace the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. As your teen embarks on this journey toward Confirmation, you have a responsibility to accompany and provide for them, just as you did on those family vacations many years ago. However, you will be trading in the stroller and pack-n-play with ongoing prayers for them as they dive deeper into the faith. You will trade in the bottles and diaper bags for the countless number of family discussions you will have as they ask questions and search for answers. You will trade in the toys and games for the opportunity to attend Mass as a family every Sunday. As parents, you will walk with them on this journey and be a witness of faith.

God designed the family to be the first place where children learn about Him. Your witness, as parents, is irreplaceable. While you may not believe it, God has equipped you with the gifts needed to be the primary catechist for your teen. However, you are not alone on this journey. We are here to support you in this task. We will support you and your teen as they make this journey toward the Sacrament of Confirmation. We will lead them, guide them, pray with them, share the faith with them, and witness to them through our words and actions. May God bless you and your teen on this journey, and may the Holy Spirit open our hearts to the amazing power that is working in all of us. Come, Holy Spirit!


Conversation Starters:

  1. Share your journey toward Confirmation with your teen. What was your preparation process like? How did your experience impact your faith and relationship with the Holy Spirit? Do you have any pictures or videos from your Confirmation you can share?
  2. Read Acts 1:8. How do we currently live as witnesses of faith? Is there more we could do to live as witnesses of faith?
  3. What is one goal that we, as a family, can commit to doing during this time of preparation (e.g., attend Mass every Sunday, volunteer at a local shelter once a month, attend Reconciliation once a month, pray before meals)?

October Session

Purpose Sessions 1 & 2

Sunday, October 20, 2019 1:00pm-6:00pm 

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

November Session

Purpose Sessions 3 & 4

Sunday, November 17, 2019 1:00pm-6:00pm 

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

December Session

Purpose Sessions 5 & 6

Friday, December 6, 2019 5:00pm-9:00pm 

This session includes dinner for candidates.

January Session

Purpose Sessions 7 & 8

Friday, January 10, 2019 5:00pm-9:00pm 

This session includes dinner for candidates.

February Session

Purpose Sessions 7 & 8

Friday, January 14, 2020 5:00pm-9:00pm 

This session includes dinner for candidates.


March Session

Purpose Session 11 & Stations of the Cross

Friday, March 20, 2020 5:00pm-9:00pm 

This session includes dinner for candidates.

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).

April Session

Purpose Session 12 & Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday, April 19, 2020 1:00pm-6:00pm This session concludes with the 5pm parish Mass. 

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


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

Mrs. Maureen Sano
Administrative Assistant


Get Involved

This year’s Confirmation program was a tremendous success and we couldn’t have done it without those who worked so hard with us throughout the entire year. We want to continue to grow for the 2019-2020 year and are offering varying 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 that 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.

Operations Team

This is a new team we’re looking to grow for the 2019-2020 year! If you’d like to help out but are unable to commit to helping at every session, consider this opportunity. This team will help “pull off” each of the sessions with the candidates. Potential tasks include: helping with set-up/clean-up for each session, creation and distribution of materials, assisting in the coordination/implementation of large group sessions/tasks.