The Sacrament of Confirmation
Along with the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist, Confirmation is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church.
Just as our bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that our souls need to grow in the life of grace. Just as the human body must grow in childhood, adolescence, and then adulthood, the human soul needs to grow into maturity. We believe that the Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the growth process on the natural level. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in the Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.
Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and your destiny. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) and gave them courage to practice their faith. We believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms the person receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts and fruits.
If you are visiting our site because your child is approaching year 9 of secondary school or is 13-14 years old or older; and you want to know the process for your child to receive Confirmation, welcome.
Application forms are available in advance of the programme and must be completed and returned by the closing date. Forms are available from the parish office or available to download here .
Candidates themselves must fill in the form.
The programme starts in October each year and continues until April/May of the following year. Classes take place in school term time on a Wednesday from 7:15pm – 8:30pm in the Parish hall. We know what a busy and exciting time this is for your family, and we want to continue to assist you in raising your child in the faith and prepare them to make their faith their own.
The Confirmation programme for 2015/2016 is available from the parish office or to download here
Who Can Be A Sponsor?
Every person being confirmed must have a sponsor. To be a sponsor, you must:
• Be at least 16 years or older
• Have received Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation
• Be an active Catholic and be registered at a Catholic parish
• Not be the parent of the one being confirmed
• Be willing and able to meet with the child as required
If your question or situation does not fit neatly into these answers, don’t panic. Please contact the parish office or Francesca Kaliq the Programme Co-Ordinator 01707 654359 or email us