Confirmation is closely linked with baptism. At our baptism, our parents and godparents professed the faith on our behalf – our baptismal promises. At our Confirmation, we profess these same promises. When we were baptised we received the Holy Spirit, by Confirmation we are sealed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. One way of looking at it is to say that baptism transforms us, making us a new creation. Confirmation makes that public, so that we, in the power of the Spirit, might transform the world.
Young people are confirmed in the Summer Term, = 3 June 2023. Prior to this they participate in a course which begins in January of that same year. Full participation in the course is essential.
Children attending Sacred Heart School
Sacramental preparation for Confirmation takes place through the RE Curriculum at school. Sacred Heart Catholic School begins to teach this programme in year 6 from the beginning of the Spring Term.
Young people not attending Catholic Schools
Those young people at non-Catholic schools are asked to attend a course which is designed to help the candidates reflect on the meaning of their Catholic faith in their lives and how their faith affects the decisions they make. They will explore how the power of the Holy Spirit can transform their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Next Step
The parish bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands. Therefore, we will celebrate their enrolment and various stages in the journey of faith as a parish community. This is usually at the Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00pm.
Click the guide below which also includes the application form: