During the past 30 years, families have relocated and relocated, many seeking better job opportunities. Others are immigrants. The children get uprooted. They were baptized and received their First Holy Communion but because the family moved the year of Confirmation, they missed the Sacrament and grew into adulthood without being confirmed. Relocation is just one of many reasons why this happens and there are many adults who want to be confirmed today

It should be noted that these adults do not belong in a parish RCIA program. The RCIA is for people who have not been baptized, for Catholics who have been baptized but who have not received First Holy Communion and Confirmation, and for other Christians seeking full initiation in the Catholic Faith

The Catechetical Office will offer an Adult Confirmation Preparation program this autumn in three counties of the Archdiocese. This program was created for practicing adult (18+) Catholics seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation, who have been baptized, have received their first Holy Communion, and have been educated in the Catholic faith through Catholic Schools or religious education programs. It's an eight-session course, at the end which there is a Confirmation Mass with a bishop. Note that a letter from your pastor is necessary for admission to the program. After you are confirmed you will be given a certificate to bring back to your parish

If you missed the chance to be confirmed when you were a youth, visit this web page and check to see which site is best for you: Staten Island, Lower Manhattan or the Bronx. The Bronx has Spanish-language program as well as an English one. If you have questions, email Oscar Cruz after Labor Day