Confirmation Mass - Dress Code

Ceremony Dress Code for Candidates and Sponsors

At the Sacrament of Baptism we wear special gowns, the Sacrament of First Communion we wear white dresses or suit, at our Marriage we wear formal gowns or tuxedos.  It is fitting to dress in celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation as well.

While the church greatly respects the uniqueness and individuality in each of its members, it holds that modesty is a fruits of the Holy Spirit and that “Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 25234)

It is in this spirit of fostering respect for each other and for sanctity of the Sacrament of Confirmation that we set forth a code of dress consistent with our culture’s view of modesty. 

Semi-formal, modest attire is appropriate to the solemn beauty of this occasion.  

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Young Men

AttireSuit or sports coat and dress pants with tie and dress shirt

The following are not appropriate:

t Tennis shoes / sneakers

t Jeans, Khakis or baggy pants

t Tee shirts or Polo Shirts

t Novelty neckties (e.g., cartoon characters, logos, etc.)

t Formal Tuxedos

t Visible body piercing jewelry

Young Women

AttireModest dress, skirt and blouse, pant suit or dress pants and blouse (dress or skirt must be knee length or longer; chest, back and shoulders must be covered); dress shoes.  Also, when fixing your hair, your forehead must be uncovered for anointing from the Bishop.  If nail polish is worn, it should be a subdued or pastel color

The following are not appropriate:

t Strapless dresses

t Mini-skirts

t Jeans skirt, casual or Khaki skirts

t Tight, backless, or low cut dresses

t Exposing the abdomen

t Bare legs (wear hose)

t Formal evening gowns

t Visible body piercing except for earrings



Did you know . . .   

St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City maintains a strict dress code. Even in the summer, shoulders must be covered at all times, shorts, short dresses, tank tops, and any revealing clothing are not permitted inside

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