ConfirmationPreparing for Confirmation

Why should I be Confirmed?

The Sacrament of Confirmation completes our Baptism and our initiation into the Catholic Church. In years gone by (and for adults today), Confirmation was conferred immediately after Baptism. With the introduction of infant Baptism the normal practice now is to be Confirmed when you are older and able to make the full commitment to your Faith and the Church.

The effect of Confirmation, when received prayerfully and with sincerity, is to transform you with the power of the Holy Spirit. It marks the beginning of your adult Christian life, a process of growing maturity that will continue if you remain faithful to prayer and the Sacraments. Once Confirmed you should expect to receive from God the Grace to be more courageous in standing up for your beliefs and explaining your faith to others. The Church also expects you to play a more active part in its work of bringing people to God in whatever way suits your particular interests and talents.

Programme of preparation for Confirmation

Those preparing for Confirmation attend a 10 session programme starting in January and ending in June/July. The preparation includes a day of recollection, meeting for parents and special Masses at key moments during the programme. The Confirmation Sacrament is normally conferred by our area Bishop in May or June. The final session of then follows the reception of the Sacrament and the programme concludes with a special Mass in which the newly Confirmed are sent out to live their lives as fully initiated adult Christians.

What happens during each session of the programme?

We sometimes begin each session with a game to allow you to relax and help to get to know each other. This is normally followed by a whole group discussion during which the main theme of the session is introduced. Sometimes there may be a short video clip to watch or a presentation using a computer.

The main work of the session is then normally done in groups of about 6 candidates with one or more catechists leading each group.

Community Activity

To introduce you to some of the work of the Parish and help you get started in being more active in the work of the Church you will be invited to perform a small act of community service during the programme. This may take the form helping one of the Parish catechetical groups, reading at Mass, helping in the Easter liturgies, helping an elderly or housebound person etc. Alternatively you could develop a new idea, arrange a fund raising event or offer an existing activity of your own as your contribution to the service of the community.

Confirmation Name

You required to choose a Confirmation name which the Celebrant will use to address you during the ceremony. This should be the name of a saint who could provide you with role model for your spiritual life. For example St. Francis of Assisi was a saint who had a great awareness of the beauty of creation and strove to live a life of poverty. If these are qualities that you admire, then choosing Francis for your confirmation name would encourage you to pray that you will become more like him.

Is the Confirmation Programme just another RE Class?

Much will depend on your experience of RE classes at school. These can vary depending on your school, the syllabus and your teacher. However RE classes are normally primarily focussed on providing academic knowledge about Catholic, Christian and other faiths. You may experience some overlap as we hope to ensure that you do have accurate factual knowledge about the Mass, the Sacraments and in particular Confirmation. However the leaders of this programme are not RE teachers, but catechists. Their main function is to share the “Good News” of their faith. It is hoped that during your Confirmation preparation you will also:

These are of course very ambitious aims and mere attendance at 10 Tuesday evening sessions will not automatically achieve them! For these changes to begin to take place in your life, you must engage as fully as you can in the programme and back it up with personal prayer and reflection.

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