St. Mary's Cathedral - Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.


Father Shawn Hughes

Phone: (613) 546-5521 ext. 4



Preparation for Confirmation

The following is for those who attend St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish on Sundays or live in the parish or who do not attend another parish in Kingston.


     For those who attend or live in St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish or for those who are not attending anywhere else you are asked to contact Father Shawn for a brief appointment.   This gives us a time to sit down and briefly go over the program for each of the Sacraments for which your child will be preparing.  This will give me a chance to meet and discuss with each of you, their parents,  your daughter’s/ son’s Sacramental Preparation and your role in it.  This is a meeting with you.  Please make arrangements so that you can attend without your child/ children.  The meeting, as mentioned, will be brief. 



    All students in grade seven or eight or older, who have not received their Sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to prepare to do so.  If your son/daughter is in grades 5 or 6 and is particularly mature in their Faith and keen to be Confirmed they are warmly welcomed and encouraged to do so. 


    After preparation your daughter/son, together with you and myself, will decide if they are ready to receive these very important Sacraments.  Only when they fully feel prepared and desire to receive the Sacraments are they encouraged to ask the Church to grant them these Sacraments. 

Adults who seek confirmation would normally go through the R.C.I.A. process.  However, please contact the Cathedral to arrange an appointment with a priest.