Just as bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that the soul also needs to grow in the life of grace. The sacrament of Confirmation builds on the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion, completing the process of initiation into the Catholic community.
Confirmation is therefore a sacrament of initiation and establishes young adults as full-fledged members of the faith. The sacrament is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong. During your Baptism, your parents and godparents make promises to renounce Satan and believe in God and the Church on your behalf. At Confirmation, you renew those same promises, this time speaking for yourself.
During Confirmation, the focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them courage to practice their faith. Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts.
Traditionally, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence, and wonder and awe. These gifts are graces given to the soul. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, kindness, joy, peace, patience, goodness, self control, gentleness, faithfulness. All of these human qualities that can be activated by the Holy Spirit.
Our Parish Programme:
Who Can Be Confirmed?
You can join the Confirmation programme if you are in Year 10 or above, at school or 6th form college and have been baptised.
The Confirmation programme runs from January until May/June each year. Sessions are weekly during term time, held at the PNL Hall at St Joseph’s Church, run from 3.45pm to 5.15pm followed by Holy Mass at 5.30pm. A team of catechists with one of our Parish Priests help our young people on their confirmation journey. Through the programme we think about, discuss and pray about topics such as:
•The Creed – what do we believe in
•The person of Jesus
•The teachings of the Catholic Church
•Prayer – how do we develop our relationship with God through prayer
•Actions – how can we live out our Christian beliefs in our lives
•Making choices – how do we make moral decisions
•What is God’s plan for me
How do I join the programme?
Application forms are available each Autumn – details will be advertised in the weekly Parish Newsletter. A parent’s information session is run at the start of the course in January. Only those who have applied before this meeting will be eligible for the programme and full participation and attendance at Mass is expected throughout.
God knows that the only way to save us, to heal us from within, is by loving us. He knows that we become better only by accepting his unfailing love, an unchanging love that changes us.