Preparation for this Sacrament involves 10 sessions between December and Easter an a Sunday afternoon from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. If the candidate has another commitment at that time which cannot be moved and you live in this parish, we can give permission for the candidate to be prepared elsewhere and to make their Confirmation here. Application forms can be obtained by the candidate only from one of the clergy after all Sunday Masses for a period of six weeks during term time before the course begins.
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, God our loving Father pours out His Love and seals us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Thus the Sacrament of Confirmation completes the graces received at Baptism: at Baptism, we become a child of God and a member of His Church while at Confirmation, God deepens His commitment to each one of us and strengthens us with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit for our journey in the One True Faith. These gifts - wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord - help us grow closer to God and to be more 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
- the call to witness to our Faith in our homes, our immediate communities 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" myth, the question ”Why be Catholic?”, the Sacrament of Matrimony, and the dignity of human life from the moment of conception to its natural end.
Each candidate chooses a sponsor and a canonized saint as his/her role model. The sponsor must show themselves to 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. By seeking forgiveness for those times when we have turned away from God, we open ourselves even more to the great graces of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
While these classes are for young people in year 9 and above, adults follow a different path to prepare to receive this Sacrament. If you would like more information please contact Fr Kevin or Fr Ben.