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.
Registration for the sacrament of Confirmation is not yet opened.
Registration for the sacrament is completed online. Please refer back to this page in mid July for information regarding enrolment.
Please note, your child must be in year 6 or above in order to proceed with our Confirmation program.
For any further information, 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 31st July||7.30 pm||Parent Information Evening||Hall(entrance Cheltenham Rd)|
|Sat 8th August||2pm-4.45pm
|Welcoming/Reflection afternoon for children.
Commitment Mass for Parents/ children
|Sun 9th Aug||10am
|Alternative Commitment Mass for children and parents
Preparation session 1
|Sat 15th Aug||3.30pm||Alternative Preparation session 1||Classroom|
|Sat 22nd Aug||3.30pm||Preparation session 2||Classroom|
|Sun 23rd Aug||11am||Preparation session 2||Classroom|
|Sat 29th Aug||3.30pm||Preparation session 3||Classroom|
|Sun 30th Aug||11am||Preparation session 3||Classroom|
|Sat 12th Sept||3.30pm||Rehearsal 1||Church|
|Friday 18th Sept||6.30pm-9.00 pm||Child/Sponsor evening||Hall|
|Sat 19th Sept||2.30pm||Rehearsal 2||Church|
|Saturday 17th Oct||3.00pm-
|Sunday 18th Oct||11.30am||The Sacrament of Confirmation||Church|
|Sun 9th Aug||Sun 23rd Aug||Sun 30th Aug|
|Sat 15th Aug||Sat 22nd Aug||Sat 29th Aug|
There is also the possibility of a Thursday night preparation session if there is enough interest.
Confirmation for Adults
Adults, who wish to reiceve this sacrament, please contact the parish office for details.
For more information please download “Why be confirmed” by CTS.