Overview of the Sacrament of Confirmation

At Confirmation, we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and we are filled with God's grace through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by a bishop.

"Bound more intimately to the Church by the Sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength, hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ" (Lumen Gentium, 11).

Preparation for Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation As A Teen

Preparation: Study Days are marked on the year calendar (see link below) in green. There will also be social events, which will be publicized as they come up.

RetreatAll candidates for Confirmation are required to attend a retreat prior to their reception of the Sacrament. This retreat will give the candidates an opportunity to spiritually prepare themselves to receive Confirmation. Save the date for Friday, March 24-Saturday, March 25.

Service: Candidates are encouraged to serve the community throughout the year. There are several parish programs that need volunteers, like Sandwiches on Sundays and the Children's Faith Formation program. Appropriate volunteer programs outside of the parish will also be accepted.

FundraisingWe are not charging fees this year, but we ask that you consider making a free-will offering. Your gift, small or large, is most appreciated. Confirmation candidates will be expected to help with fundraisers that we will be holding over the course of the year, such as the annual Rib & Chili Cook-off benefitting St. Pius Youth Ministry. 

The date for the Confirmation Mass is Sunday, May 21 at 5:00 PM.

Please take note of the following MANDATORY meeting dates and times:

Sunday, May 7
5:00 pm - Mass followed by Dinner and Meeting in Homer Crouse

- This meeting date is the deadline to submit your sponsor's name.

Sunday, May 14
3:30 to 5:00 pm - Class in Homer Crouse

- We know this is Mother's Day so we are meeting earlier than our usual time.

Thursday, May 18
7:00 to 8:00 pm - Practice at Church 
Candidate must attend with his/her Sponsor

- Final instructions for Confirmation will be given this night.  If the sponsor is unable to attend, a parent or another adult can stand in to take note of instructions.

Sunday, May 21
4:00 pm - Candidates arrive at Homer Crouse
(Sponsors and families will meet you in Church)

5:00 pm - Confirmation Mass with Cardinal Levada

For more information, contact Fr. Tom Martin at


Group Confirmations are held in the Easter Season every year.

For Teens

Contact Michael So

(650) 361-1411, ext. 113

For Adults

Contact Sr. Norberta Villasenor

(650) 361-1411, ext. 115

You will need to go through our Rite of Christian Initation for Adults (RCIA) program.