Confirmation is a very joyful occasion for our Parish each year. Often it is conferred by a Bishop and is usually celebrated close to Pentecost. Confirmation strengthens the commitment to Christ made at Baptism, in which the child becomes a full Christian. It gives the young adult courage and strength to witness Christ in the world.
Confirmation preparation takes place mostly in school and a member of the parish team meets regularly with the children in our local parish schools who are preparing for Confirmation. A Ceremony of Enrolment is organised early in the school year for all those who request to be confirmed. Children are encouraged to take on a specific job or community service in consultation with their parents as part of their preparation. The children are given an opportunity to have a day retreat, usually in a retreat Centre, as Confirmation day approaches. In the week before Confirmation we celebrate a SERVICE OF LIGHT where the parents symbolically pass on the light of faith to their child who is about to be confirmed.
This school year 2019/2020 the children are being invited to a monthly mass to take part in the normal weekend celebration.
“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and even to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1.8.
** Important Dates ** 2020
(UPDATE JULY 2020. The confirmation ceremonies have been postponed because of COVID-19 and we will hope to celebrate the sacrament towards the end of September 2020. Definitely a year to remember)
The Confirmation Mass for Mother of Divine Grace school takes place at 11.30am on Wednesday 29th April, 2020. POSTPONED
The Confirmation Mass for the Sacred Heart BNS takes place at 11.30am on Thursday 30th April, 2020. POSTPONED
We wish those who intend to be confirmed every blessing in their preparation and their future years as part of the Christian community.