Due to current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to say, with any certainty, when the Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated this year. When we have received any updates we will notify parents through the Schools. We are sorry for this uncertainty but as you will understand it is beyond our control.
WHAT IS IT?
Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation –
Eucharist (Holy Communion)
by which we become members of the Church.
Confirmation completes and ‘confirms’ what was begun in Baptism and carried on in First Holy Communion.
Confirmation is a sacrament of choice. Even if you have been Baptised and received Holy Communion you do not have to be Confirmed.
By choosing confirmation you are saying ‘YES’ to God and to being an active member of the Church.
Confirmation is the beginnings of a mature, adult relationship with God and the Church.
What Happens at Confirmation?
God has given us a helper to enable us to live in close relationship with God, we call this helper the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes we are given gifts or tools to help live out this relationship – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are:
Wonder and Awe (in God’s Presence)
These gifts are given to us by God to:
help us in our daily lives to make right choices
give us what we need to play an active role in the Church and in building up the Kingdom of God
become a mature Christian, taking responsibility for my own faith and my relationship with God.
Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
are the visible signs or evidence that someone is living their life inspired by the Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
How Can I Prepare?
Preparation for Confirmation has many parts. For those who are being confirmed through their school there is:
The preparation undertaken by teachers and religious instruction.
The Parish Preparation Programme – which includes: Completion of a Commitment Certificate promising to prepare as best as you are able, Commitment Ceremony, Visits to school by members of the parish team.
Regular school visits to church for mass etc..
Ceremony of Light (usually about 10 days prior to Confirmation)
For those who are not being confirmed as part of school.
A commitment to daily personal prayer
Putting one’s gifts and talents at the service of the community.
Attending preparation session(s) with members of the Parish Team
For all of those seeking Confirmation regular attendance at Sunday Mass is expected.
Prayer is an essential part of preparation
Try to get to know Jesus better, take a few minutes each day for you and Jesus to be alone and talk to him in your own words, then take some time to be silent and listen – this is prayer.
Read the Gospel story from Sunday mass and think about how the message might relate to your life.
If you have been Baptised and have not yet been confirmed but would now like to seek confirmation, please contact any member of the parish team, we will be glad to help in any way we can.