Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation (the others being Baptism and Holy Communion).Those who have been baptised continue on the path of Christian initiation through the sacrament of Confirmation. In this sacrament, they receive the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, just as the apostles received them at Pentecost.
“This giving of the Holy Spirit conforms believers more perfectly to Christ and strengthens them so that they may bear witness to Christ for the building up of his body in faith and love. They are so marked with the character or seal of the Lord that the Sacrament of Confirmation cannot be repeated.” (Introduction to Rite of Confirmation)
Within the Archdiocese of Sydney, Confirmation is conferred in year 6. The candidate must be baptised and have received the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Each candidate is to have a sponsor who is a practicing Catholic of sixteen years of age or older and who has received the Sacraments of Initiation. In order to keep the connection with Baptism, it is recommended that the godparent also be the sponsor. However this is not compulsory. Parents may not be sponsors.
The Parish Based Program at Holy Innocents’
Children from a variety of schools come together to learn and celebrate as a united Parish community. We follow the Sydney Archdiocese preparation program. Children and at least one parent must attend four group preparation sessions. In these sessions, the children, with the support of their parents, will be given thorough catechesis on the meaning of sacrament. Content is reinforced by the teachers and catechists in our schools. The children must also attend a commitment Mass, a retreat afternoon and rehearsals.
The Sacrament of Confirmation, originally scheduled for October 18th, has been reinstated.
Currently here will two masses, 11.30am and 2.30pm, to be conducted by Most Rev Terry Brady, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney.
Social distancing requirements will be necessary for the safety of all in attendance.
Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation 2020 is now opened.
A fee of $50 is required as part of the enrolment process. This is to cover expenses such as the preparation booklets, sashes, pins and photography in the church.
This payment can be made through the Holy Innocents’ Parish website.
Enrolling in this sacrament is a TWO STAGE process:
Please make your payment of $50 BEFORE completing the online enrolment form
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Next, follow these steps:
-Select “1001984 – Sacramental Programs”
-Fill in your details
-Click on Card type
-Fill in card details
-Click on “Proceed”
-Take note of your receipt number, you will need it in the next stage.
Now proceed to Stage 2
Once you have completed stage 1, you must complete an enrolment form each child you have participating in the sacrament.
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PLEASE NOTE: Your child will not be considered enrolled in this sacramental program until you have completed both stages of enrolment.
For any further information, enquiries & to submit copies of your child’s sacramental certificates, please email Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you to our program and assisting you and your child in taking this next step in their faith development.
Important Dates for Confirmation 2020
|Thurs 20th Aug||7.30 pm||Parent Information Evening||Hall (entrance Cheltenham Rd)|
|Sat 29th Aug(TBC)
Sun 1st Sept(TBC)
|Candidate and family commitment Mass||Church|
|Sat 29th Aug||3.45pm||Preparation session 1 – Group A||hall|
|Sun 30th Aug||11.00 am||Preparation session 1 – Group B||hall|
|Sat 5th Sept||3.45pm||Preparation session 2 – Group A||hall|
|Sun 6th Sept||11.00am||Preparation session 2 – Group B||hall|
|Sat 12th Sept||3.45pm||Preparation session 3 – Group A||hall|
|Sun 13th Sept||11.00 am||Preparation session 3 – Group B||hall|
|Sat 19th Sept||3.45 pm||Preparation session 4 – Group A||hall|
|Sun 20th Sept||11.00pm||Preparation session 4 – Group B||hall|
|Sat 26th Sept||3.00-4.00||Rehearsal 1||Church|
|Saturday 17th Oct||2.30-4.00||Rehearsal 2||Church|
|Sunday 18th Oct||11.30am
& 2.30 pm
|The Sacrament of Confirmation||Church|
Confirmation for Adults
Adults, who wish to recieve this sacrament, please contact the parish office for details.
For more information please download “Why be confirmed” by CTS.