Application forms for this Sacrament are given out to the candidates for a six week period during term time after Mass on Sunday or on Saturday evening. Just keep coming to Mass and you'll be fine.
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.
During the course of our preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation at the church of Our Lady, we explore:
- the existence of God
- the life and ministry of Jesus Christ;
- the Sacraments as an encounter with Christ Himself;
- the Communion of Saints
- our call to witness our Faith in our homes and communities today and beyond.
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 candidate chooses a sponsor and a canonized saint as his/her role model. The sponsor must be a Confirmed and practicing Catholic over the age of 16. The candidates 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.
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.
If you would like more information please see Fr Kevin or Fr Ben after Mass