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.
The programme YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESS supports parents and children. It augments the work being done in the schools and also creates a place outside the classroom where the candidates can talk and learn. Parents, who have been specially trained share their faith with the children while following a specific programme (comprising four sessions). This is a great opportunity for parents and children to share their faith together.
“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 **
The Commitment Ceremony for all children receiving the sacrament of Confirmation took place on Tuesday 24th February, 2017.
The Service of Light took place on Wednesday 24th May, 2017.
The Confirmation Mass for Mother of Divine Grace school and Scoil Chiarain was celebrated by Fr. Liam O’Cuiv and took place at 11.30am on Wednesday 31st May, 2017.
The Confirmation Mass for the Sacred Heart BNS was celebrated by Monsignor Paul Callan and took place at 11.30am on Thursday 1st June, 2017.
Congratulations to all involved on both days and wishing those confirmed God’s blessing in their future years as part of the Christian community.