By Confirmation, the fullness of the Spirit and the gifts of wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, wonder and awe are bestowed. By this outpouring, Christians are enabled to spread God’s love throughout the world bringing peace and joy to all through the Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually received when a child is in year 6, though any older parishioners who have not yet been confirmed are also invited to participate in the preparation program and receive the Sacrament. Confirmation is usually celebrated by the Bishop in term 2, during the Sunday 10:00am Mass on the designated weekend.
For students of St Columba’s Primary School and students of other schools, preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation involves:
- Completing the Sacrament enrolment form and providing the required attachments, such as the child’s Baptism certificate (which can be obtained from the church of Baptism). The enrolment form can be obtained from the parish office or church in the weeks leading up to the Commitment Mass.
- Attending the Commitment Mass, held at 10:00 on a Sunday, after which students will receive their preparation workbooks and the formation of preparation groups will be discussed.
- The child and a parent attend 4 group preparation sessions, held weekly and each of an hour in length.
The commitment (enrolment) Mass will be on Sunday 3rd May at 10:00am.
**Enrolment Forms due back Monday 6th April**
Preparation Classes: Preparation Classes, will be one afternoon/evening for 1 hour class for 4 weeks, commencing week TBC
Retreat Day: Friday 14th May
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Friday 29th June at 7pm
Notices advising of the relevant dates and inviting enrolments will appear in the parish bulletin in the weeks leading up to the Commitment Mass. Students of St Columba’s Primary School will also be advised of the relevant dates through the school.