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

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

Date Time Event Place
Thurs 31st July 7.30 pm Parent Information Evening Hall(entrance Cheltenham Rd)
Sat 8th August 2pm-4.45pm


5 pm

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-


Rehearsal 3 Church
Sunday 18th Oct 11.30am The Sacrament of Confirmation Church


Preparation Groups 

Sunday 11am

Sun  9th Aug Sun 23rd Aug Sun 30th Aug


Saturday 3.30-4.30

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.