Preparation for Confirmation emphasizes the graces that the Spirit brings. It is intended that those preparing for this Sacrament would be enabled to see the Spirit working in their own lives.
Children preparing for Confirmation, usually in sixth class in primary school, often attend a retreat.
Preparation also includes an Enrollment Ceremony/Ceremony of light. The children renew the Baptismal Promises made by their parents on their behalf when they were infants. During the Confirmation ceremony the Bishop (or the priest representing him) anoints the children with chrism and says the words ‘Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit’.
The Bishop also lays his hands on the children in gesture of appointing or sending. The children are called upon to be active participants in the Church. At Confirmation children traditionally make a promise to abstain from alcohol/drugs for a given time. A Confirmation name is also selected and traditionally this was a saint’s name.
Confirmation Dates 2015
Service of Light
Ceremony of Confirmation