Confirmation 2016 will be on Thursday 26th May at 11.30am. 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 was celebrated in our Parish on Thursday 26h May 2016 at 11.30am, for children in 6th Class whose parents presented them for the Sacrament. Canon John Flaherty confirmed the children assisted by Fr. Dave Brannigan. 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.
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 of the Confirmation Children in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on Thursday 12th November at 7.30pm. This is our way of saying to them – ‘We are very willing to help you as you prepare for your Confirmation! We wish you well!’ As well as informing you of the details of the 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 will signal your desire for your child to receive Confirmation in the parish next year. 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. If you have not already supplied a Baptism Certificate to the school please bring your child’s Baptismal Cert to the meeting. Enrollment of Candidates for Confirmation will be at 10.30am Mass on Sunday 15th November. We look forward to meeting you on the 12th November.
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Canon John Flaherty Fr. Dave Brannigan Sr. Bonaventure RSM
Moderator Co-Parish Priest Parish Catechist
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."