WHAT IS CONFIRMATION ?
Confirmation celebrates the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit on a baptised person, completing and strengthening the grace given by the Spirit in Baptism. It marks the Christian as a follower of Christ and a full member of the Church.
Confirmation celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. We are made members of God’s family at Baptism. At Confirmation, our Baptism is completed or “sealed” by the Holy Spirit and we are called to be Christian witnesses, just like the apostles. The whole of our Christian living and the life of the Church, too, are sustained by the same Spirit.
The soul of a baptised Christian is imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once and marks this indivual forever as a Christian. [CCC 1302-1305]
To be confirmed means to make a “covenant” with God. The person being confirmed essentially says, “yes, I believe in you, my God; give me your Holy Spirit, so that I might belong entirely to you, and never be separated from you, and may witness to you throughout my whole life, body and soul, in my words and deeds, on good days and bad.” [YouCat 205]
Confirmation Programme – What’s it all about?
Our Confirmation programme – YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESS begins in October .
The programme is designed to give our 6th Class students a faith formation experience based on the spiritual, pastoral and liturgical aspects of our faith. In other words they will be given the opportunity to connect with God in church, within themselves and within the wider community.
The students and families are required to attend six masses between September and March. Each mass will be given a theme and the students will be given an opportunity to explore theses through discussion, artwork and written work beforehand.
At Confirmation the Bishop/Priest prays that the gifts given by the Holy Spirit for the living out of the Christian life will grow in each person being confirmed. These are the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Right Judgement, Courage, Reverence and Wonder and Awe in God’s presence. Growth in these gifts is a lifetime’s experience and leads the Christian to share in the mission of Jesus Christ. [Young people preparing for Confirmation are encouraged to be involved in some form of service in their parish.] to clarify and discuss
The tradition of taking a new name at Confirmation emphasises the new identity of a Christian being called to witness to their faith. People are encouraged to take the name of a saint or a person from the Bible who inspires them in some way.
The oil used is called the Oil of Chrism. It is olive oil mixed with balsam that is blessed by the bishop and priests of the diocese in the Cathedral at the ‘Chrism Mass’ on Holy Thursday. The Sacrament is conferred with the anointing with this ‘Oil of Chrism’ on the forehead as the Bishop says ‘Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit’.
If you wish to register your child for Confirmation please complete and return the form below to the parish office.