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Diocesan-wide Confirmation Liturgies

    2020 Spring Confirmation Masses Cancelled

2020 Fall Confirmation Masses
    October 18, 12:00 PM   l  4:00 PM

Bishop Ricken celebrates Diocesan-wide Confirmation liturgies at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, every spring and fall. Due to the COVID19 gathering restrictions, the spring  Confirmation events have been cancelled. While Bishop Ricken will not be able to celebrate this Mass with you, he has given your local priests permission to request the faculty to confirm in his place. See the documents below for a letter from Bishop Ricken and the parish specifics for Confirmation celebrations once the Mass restrictions have been lifted.

pdf Letter From Bishop Ricken Regarding Spring Confirmations (430 KB)

pdf ConfirmationPostponement Summary (114 KB)

These liturgies are for any candidate unable to participate in their parish's Confirmation liturgy; those who have been prepared as adults through their parish process and are prepared for the sacrament or those that have received special permission from the Bishop to receive at an earlier age. Those individuals needing to receive Baptism, Holy Commuion and Confirmation or just Holy Communion and Confirmation should receive these sacraments at the parish's Easter Vigil celebration.

Each liturgy is limited to approximately 60 confirmands (candidates).

Registration for October 18 liturgy is not open yet.

Registration is required. Please complete the online Registration Form (link below). If you are a candidate wanting to attend this liturgy, please contact your parish Confirmation or RCIA Leader to complete this registration. 


St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
140 S Monroe Ave
Green Bay WI 54301
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Candidates and sponsors should be seated 60 minutes before Mass and are reminded to dress appropriately for the occasion. Candidates and sponsors should enter the Cathedral from the parking lot entrance rather than the Monroe St. entrance. Candidates will need to check-in at their parish welcome area inside the Cathedral entrance to receive their name tags. Sponsors will not need name tags. 


Each candidate may bring guests, (no limit); however, there will be no reserved seating for guests. Handicap seating is available in the Cathedral. Ushers will be on hand for anyone who may need assistance. If a candidate, guest, sponsor or family member needs assistance entering the Cathedral, please instruct them to use the entrance off the parking lot rather than the Monroe St. entrance. The elevator is located just inside the doors of the parking lot entrance for easy access.


There should be adequate free parking in the Cathedral parking lot along Walnut and Monroe Streets.


Candidates are seated with their sponsor directly behind them in reserved seating toward the front of the Cathedral. Parishes will be seated together as much as we can accommodate. Ushers will be present to assist. Bacause the candidates and sponsors will need to leave their seats during the celebration, family members and friends will not be seated with the candidates and sponsors.


 Fr. Mark Mleziva and Bishop will conduct a short rehearsal prior to Mass. Bishop will require Candidates to know the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and will ask the group questions.


Mass is generally about 90 minutes long.


Bishop will be available for group photos by parish immediately following Mass. Groups will be called forward by parish to stand with Bishop on the santuary steps. In order to keep the main aisle of the Cathedral clear so all candidates have the opportunity to come forward, everyone is to REMAIN SEATED until allowed forward to take photos. You will be asked to return to your seat so the next group can come forward. Everyone will be given ample time to take photos.


Pastors are invited to concelebrate. (Please bring an alb for concelebration.)


Arvilla Rusnak
(920) 272-8341 | 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8341
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"Confirmation, like every Sacrament, is not the work of men but of God, who cares for our lives in such a manner as to mold us in the image of his Son, to make us capable of loving like him. He does it by infusing his in us his Holy Spirit, whose action pervades the whole person and his entire life …"

 - Pope Francis -