Confirmation is a continuance of what has begun at our Baptism: a continuance of the developing awareness of the reality of faith and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
At our Baptism faith was conceived: we became part of Christ’s Body, part of his Church. Our Confirmation is the gentle unfolding of what our Baptism means.
Ephesians 4:30 (cited in CCC 1296) uses the the word “sealed”.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
But were we not “sealed” at baptism? Not so, according to Acts 8:14-17:
Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samar′ia had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
We see from the above that new (baptised) Christians evidently still needed to be “sealed” with the Holy Spirit, as St Paul taught in Ephesians 4:30. This is Confirmation.
YOUNG PERSON CONFIRMATION
Last year’s confirmation group (2019-2020) are still awaiting reception of this sacrament, in some cases, due to delays caused by the pandemic. We thank them for their patience.
A new confirmation programme has yet to commence this year. The decision has been made to pause any confirmation preparation for this year, in order to allow COVID restrictions to subside and to re-envision our current Confirmation provision. We will open applications again in the autumn term for Confirmations to next take place in 2022.
Therefore, any young person who would have been in the cohort for this academic year, 2020-2021 (those born on or before 31 August 2006 – current year 10 or above), or any young person planning to join the confirmation programme for 2021-2022 (those born on or before 31 August 2007 – those who will be in year 10 next academic year) please note that we will open applications again later this year for a Confirmation programme for both groups for 2021-2022. We will keep you informed as to when this will take place. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
In the meantime, if you haven’t already, you may like to browse our new parish youth portal.
For any questions or to register your interest, please feel free to email: email@example.com
For many adults who missed out on their Confirmation when they were younger and feel that there is no way to rectify the situation. This is our solution.
We don’t want to make people jump through hurdles but we do need to be sure that they understand the Sacrament and to be well prepared.
Accordingly we will arrange an interview with you and ask you to attend a one day course at some point. The plan would then be to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on the Easter Vigil Mass the following year.
This is a serious step on your journey of faith, an encounter with Christ and the Holy Spirit which will enrich your life.
If you are ready to take this step, contact the Parish Office or Sophie Sullivan our Catechetical Co-ordinator via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.