Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Community

We Welcome You Wherever You Are On Your Journey

Saint Joan of Arc

Catholic Community

4537 3rd Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Phone: 612.823.8205
Fax: 612.825.7028


The Sacrament of Confirmation is offered yearly to 10th and 11th grade parishioners. During this exploration of what it means to live as a person of faith, candidates reflect on past experiences of faith and religion, and discern the role of the Spirit in their lives.  Candidates examine the person of Jesus; His life, ministry and message and consider the decision of whether to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. 
Confirmation is offered yearly, beginning in the Fall and registration takes place at an informational Sunday evening meeting in September.

Sessions for 2016-17 group
December 4th - 
1:30-3:30 - Hospitality Hall  Candidates only
January 8th - Retreat - 2:00-6:00 pm - Hospitality Hall Candidates and Sponsors
February 5th - 1:30-3:30 - Hospitality Hall - Candidates only
March 5th - 6-8 pm - Hospitality Hall - Candidates only
April 2nd - 6-8 pm - Hospitality Hall - Candidates only
May 7th - 6-8 pm - Hospitality Hall - Candidates only
September 10th - 6-8 pm - Hospitality Hall - Candidates only
October 1st - Retreat/mass/Dinner 
                             Retreat: Candidate and Sponsor  2-5 pm
                             Mass and Dinner Candidate/Parent/Sponsor 5:00-6:30
                             Parent Meeting about logisitcs of Confirmation   6:30-8:00 
                             Candidate Meeting from 6:30-8:00 pm
                   *Candidates plan to be at SjA entire day 2:00-8:00 pm
                   *Sponsors plan to be at SJA 2-6:30 pm
                   *Parents plan to be at SJA 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Adult volunteers, with excellent teenage listening and communication skills are welcome to join in this dynamic ministry. Volunteers undergo a background check, sign SJA’s Code of Conduct and complete VIRTUS training. For more information about Confirmation or to volunteer, contact Donelle Poling, 612.823.8205 or dpoling [at]

In addition to monthly sessions, the 12 month preparation process includes two retreats, service projects and sponsor/candidate gatherings which culminates with Confirmation at the Basilica of St. Mary or the St. Paul Cathedral. There is a $100 program fee, payable upon registration in mid-September. Scholarships are available. 

Our Confirmandos are helping with A Journey Home event!

Did you know? Over 9,000 Minnesotans experience homelessness on any given night
     Of those, 35% are children with their parents
     And 16% of those experiencing homelessness are youth under 18 or young adults on their own. 
         (2015 Wilder Research survey)

A Journey Home:  The Confirmation Class will be sleeping out in boxes to raise awareness and funds for those experiencing struggles associated with homelessness. All funds raised will support the Care Committee, a program of the St. Joan of Arc Outreach Fund.  This event is April 21st/22nd from 6 pm -7:30 am at SJA.  Please register here.  Adult volunteers needed - see form for details. Contact Donelle Poling at dpoling [at] with questions. 

Community Engagement
You have chosen the community of St. Joan of Arc to discern what it means to become confirmed.  As part of your journey, we are asking you to engage in the community in a specific way.  Choose 3 events/meetings/celebrations outside of Sunday mass or the youth ministry program to learn more about our church community.  This could be attending speaker, a concert, a prayer group, a reconciliation service, a baptism, a rally for justice, a meeting on how to respond to the homeless, etc. The possibilities are almost endless!  Please complete three engagement activities by the end of the Confirmation process.

Service Experience Record
Service Ideas
Confirmation Community Engagement Reflection Form