Confirmation is celebrated by the Bishop in the Parish every few years and the preparation for the sacrament normally lasts for most of a year. Young people wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation must be sufficiently mature to undertake the commitment required for this sacrament.
Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes baptism, in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed on you. You become a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church.
This involves preparations sessions of input and discussion which takes place at St Joseph’s. Candidates are expected to show a genuine commitment to weekly attendance at Sunday Mass and the weekly preparation sessions. Notification of registration for this sacrament is published in the Parish Newsletter. Evidence of baptism is required at the time of registration. Elements of the programme include:
Welcome & belonging
- An opportunity to explore what it means to belong, to be a Catholic, to consider what it means to be a Christian and to live a life of faith.
Called & chosen
- An understanding of our individual calling to live a life of faith, to consider direction and purpose; to grow and walk in faith; the role of prayer in our life. Look at the disciples.
Welcoming the Spirit
- Understanding who the Holy Spirit is and the gift we are being prepared to receive. The gifts and fruits of the Spirit.
Make a difference
- Called to act in the power of the Spirit – looking at faith, justice, and action. An opportunity to think about the Saints and the name they will choose.
Called to Community
- Being part of a worshipping community; becoming involved. The Trinity that we're called to share in the life of.
The power of the Spirit
- Exploring the Beatitudes, what comes next – ways of growing after Confirmation, staying involved, perhaps some discussion on Vocation.