The Sacrament of Confirmation

The sacrament of Confirmation completes our initiation into the Christian Life, in fact, it is the Sacrament of Confirmation that makes us fully Christian.
The word 'Christ' is Greek for anointed, and in Confirmation we are anointed, or Christ-ed making us Christ-ian.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:
1309 Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit - his actions, his gifts, and his biddings - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands.

1310 To receive Confirmation one must be in a state of grace. One should receive the sacrament of Penance in order to be cleansed for the gift of the Holy Spirit. More intense prayer should prepare one to receive the strength and graces of the Holy Spirit with docility and readiness to act. [Cf. Acts 1:14]

1311 Candidates for Confirmation, as for Baptism, fittingly seek the spiritual help of a sponsor. To emphasize the unity of the two sacraments, it is appropriate that this be one of the baptismal godparents.  

Preparing for the sacrament 

We have a fortnightly preparation programme here in the parish which 2 years.
During this time of preparation we
- teach the young people how to pray and we help them to deepen their relationship with the Holy Spirit.  
- explain the Catholic Faith and help them to live it
- look at the challenges of living the life of a disciple in the modern world
- encourage the young people to become active members of the parish

If you would like to find out more, please email Father John or download a copy of the enrolment form below: