The Church strongly recommends all Catholics to be fully initiated prior to receiving the sacrament of Matrimony, if it can be done without unnecessary burden or delay. Catholics in the United States are not required to be Confirmed prior to Marriage, but it is strongly advised.
The Sacrament of Confirmation, in which the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are poured out upon the candidate provides graces necessary for fully living out the faith that Jesus calls each one of us to do. The Seven Gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord (Reverence) are all necessary for the daily challenges of marriage, as well as for all vocations.
What to do if you are not Confirmed?
You must desire the sacrament, first of all, and desire to be fully engaged in your faith as a practicing Catholic. Most parishes offer preparation for Adult Confirmation about 6 weeks prior to Pentecost, a movable date. The Co-Cathedral offers a comprehensive adult Confirmation preparation approximately 12 weeks before Pentecost.
On the Co-Cathedral website, see "Sacraments: Confirmation for Adults" or "Adult Education: Confirmation" for details on scheduling an interview, class schedule, and requirements.
What if there isn't time to be Confirmed prior to the wedding?
Find out when the next preparation will be offered (each Spring) and follow the instructions on the website for scheduling an interview.
Are spouses or fiances invited to attend Confirmation preparation?
Yes! You are encouraged to invite your spouse or fiance to attend as many of the preparation sessions as possible, including the evening of prayer. It will be a learning experience for you to share and grow together in your faith. (However, you will still need a separate sponsor - see information on Confirmation page of this website)