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.

To read the official Archdiocese requirements for Confirmation Sponsors please >>>Click Here<<<


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 reflection afternoon and rehearsals.


2022 Sacramental Program


Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation 2022 is now opened.

Registration is to be completed online. Before enrolling, please ensure you have read and understand the Confirmation Enrolment letter.

If you do not have a copy of the letter please >>>CLICK HERE<<<

A fee of $100 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 online through the parish website.

Enrolling in this sacrament is a TWO STAGE process:


Stage 1

Please make your payment of $100 BEFORE completing the online enrolment form

To complete online payment please click “Support Us” then “Donate” at the top of this page.
Alternatively, >>>CLICK HERE<<<

Nest, 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


Stage 2

Once you have completed stage 1, you must complete an enrolment form each child you have participating in the sacrament.

To complete an enrolment form >>>CLICK HERE<<<

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

We look forward to welcoming you to our program and assisting you and your child in taking this next step in their faith development.


Confirmation 2022 Dates

Date Time Event Place
Thurs 28/7 7.00 pm Parent Information Evening Parish Hall (Cheltenham RD)
Sat 30/7 3.30pm-4.30pm Session 1
(Parent& child)
Sat 30/7 5pm Commitment Ceremony at Vigil Mass Church
Sat 06/08 3.30pm-4.30pm Session 2

(Parent& child)

Sat 13/08 3.30pm-4.30pm Session 3

(Parent & child)

Sat 15/10 2.00-3.00


Session 4


(Children only)



Sat 22/10 2.00-4.45

Mass at 5pm

Reflection Afternoon

(Children & Sponsors)

Thurs 27/10 5pm Sacrament of Reconciliation Church
Sat 29/10 2.00-3.00 Final Rehearsal Church
Sun 30/10 11.30 Sacrament of Confirmation Church


Confirmation for Adults

Adults, who wish to receive this sacrament, please contact the parish office for details.

For more information please download “Why be confirmed” by CTS.