Confirmation 2018 will be on Thursday 31st May at 11.00am. Pupils of 6th Class will be confirmed who have previously been enrolled as candidates by their Parents/Guardians.The letter below has been sent to all Parents/Guardians through the schools.
Helping our children prepare for their Confirmation!
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in our Parish on Thursday 31st May 2018 at 11.00am, for children in 6th Class whose parents/Guardians wish to present them for the Sacrament. It is a big moment in your child’s life. Confirmation marks a time when young people are moving on from childhood to the teenage years. It is a time that you will, of course, want to celebrate, but for many parents/guardians it is also a time of some anxiety: what pressures will the teenage years bring, how will they cope? Confirmation offers young people an opportunity to think about serious choices that are facing them – choices about values, choices about faith. In their Religious Education they will learn a great deal about the core meanings of Confirmation and Christian faith – about God who loves them for who they are and wants to strengthen them for the challenge of living good and happy lives. Christian faith offers a powerful support to young people as they struggle with the great pressures of modern life. But they need every encouragement to hold on to and cherish their faith and help to build a vibrant Parish community.
While the school Religion program is excellent, it needs to be supported both in the home and in the parish. With this in mind we invite you to a meeting of the parents and guardians presenting their children for First Holy Communion and Confirmation in 2018, in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church pastoral space on Thursday 5th October at 7.30pm. As well as informing you of the details of the Confirmation preparation and Confirmation Day we will explore ways of helping the young people and their families to prepare for Confirmation in the home and parish.
Your attendance at this meeting is vital will signal your desire for your child to receive Confirmation in the parish next year. Prior to the meeting please register your child’s details with the Parish Office on the Request Form accompanying this letter. If your child was baptised in a Parish other than Mourne Road please bring a copy of your child’s Baptism Cert with you to the Parish Office. Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Initiation into full membership of the Catholic Church. Candidates should already have been baptized and received First Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. Enrollment of Candidates for Confirmation will be at 10.30am Mass on Sunday 8th October. We look forward to meeting you on the 5th October.
Yours sincerely, __________________ ________________ ___________________
Canon John Flaherty Fr. Dave Brannigan Sr. Bonaventure RSM
Moderator, Co-Parish Priest, Parish Catechist
'YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESSES' 2017–2018
All Masses on Sundays at 10.30am Family Mass.
THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER 7.30PM MEETING FOR ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS IN THE CHURCH.
Sunday, 8 October 2017 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Enrolment of All Children by their Parents / Guardians
Sunday, 22 October 2017, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Sunday, 26 November 2017, Feast of Christ the King.
Sunday, 17 December 2017 3rd Sunday of Advent.
Sunday, 21 January 2018, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Sunday 4th March 2018, 3rd Sunday of Lent.
Sunday, 25 March 2018 Palm Sunday
Sunday, 15 April 2018 3rd Sunday of Easter
CONFIRMATION THURSDAY 31ST MAY 2018 11AM.
Sunday, 3 June 2018 Feast of Corpus Christi
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Although, in the West, Confirmation is usually received as a teenager, several years after making First Communion, the Catholic Church considers it the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation Baptism being the first and Communion the third. Confirmation is regarded as the perfection of Baptism, because, as the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation states:
"by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."