In the Sacrament of Confirmation, God our loving Father pours out His Love, His very life into each one of us, sealing us with gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the graces received at Baptism. At Baptism, we become a child of God and members of His Church. At Confirmation, He deepens His commitment, His covenant with each one of us: “ You are my son’’, “You are my daughter.”
Moreover, He strengthens the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit initially given to us at Baptism for our journey in faith. These gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord help us grow closer to Him and to be Christ-like in how we live our lives.
Sacramental preparation at Church of Our Lady is a journey that families take together with full and ongoing support from the parish team. We believe that the bond of love between a parent and child facilitates heart – to- heart discussions and thus, parents are best placed to pass on the gift of faith to their child. Parents are warmly invited to attend sessions with their child and they receive regular emails to enable them to discuss the topic of each session at home.
During the course of our preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation at Church of Our Lady, we explore:
- the call to discipleship: to grow closer to Christ, to seek to do his will with the help of the Holy Spirit;
- the sacraments as an encounter with Christ himself;
- the communion of saints
- our place within the parish community; and
- our call to witness our faith in our homes and communities today and beyond.
At the outset, candidates will be invited to pledge their commitment to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation and thereby recognise that it is a special and sacred moment on their journey of faith. Besides being a pledge before Christ in the Tabernacle, the pledge is a part the celebration of Holy Mass so as to invite members of the parish community to pray for the young people preparing for this sacrament.
In light of the challenges facing our young people living in a largely secular world, we consider such timely topics as the faith versus science controversy, the question: ”Why be Catholic?”, the Sacrament of Matrimony and the dignity of human life from the moment of Conception. From time to time, we hope to have guest speakers from the parish and beyond to share their faith stories.
Very importantly, each young person chooses a canonized saint as his/her role model. They are asked to highlight how their chosen saint lived a truly heroic Christian life, that is how they did not pursue power, possessions or pleasure but deliberately chose to follow Christ, to make Him the center of their earthly lives.
Given the celebration of the Eucharist is the ‘source and summit of the Christian life’ (CCC 1324) four sessions are devoted to unfolding the riches of Mass – its treasure of symbols, gestures and ancient prayers. Besides parents, parishioners are welcome to these sessions to underscore the communal nature of our faith.
Our preparation concludes with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Seeking forgiveness for those times when we have turned away, we open ourselves to the great graces of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
While young people (in Westminster Diocese) generally prepare for Confirmation in Year 9, adults regularly come forward to prepare to receive this sacrament, which is often a prerequisite for the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Catechetical Co-ordinator, Margaret Wickware who would be delighted to chat with you at anytime. Margaret can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org