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
We have started the process of preparation towards receiving the sacrament of Confirmation for the academic year 2021-2022. Applications are now closed and anyone wishing to be confirmed – and not yet part of this year’s cohort – should re-apply next year.
Ordinarily we accept applications from any young person in Year 10 or above and we encourage regular attendance at Sunday Mass. If you haven’t already, you may like to browse our new parish youth portal, which is available for any young person in the parish to browse through.
For any questions or to register your interest, please feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you part of the cohort for Confirmation in 2021-2022, please
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 some preparation sessions. 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 email@example.com