Sacraments

Confirmation

 

Confirmation is the second Sacrament of Christian Initiation, and it confirms the life of Baptism in those who receive this sacrament.

The effect of this sacrament is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit and its seven gifts, which draws us further into the life of faith uniting us to Christ, and gives us special strength, to spread and defend the faith by word and action, as true witnesses of Christ.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is received by children, who are seven years of age or over, who are baptised and, are worthily prepared by their parents, with the help of the parish community, to receive this sacrament

Confirmation is administered by the Bishop and, on rare occasions, by a priest delegated by the Bishop.

Preparation:


The family centred preparation programme commences at the time of the parent information and enrolment session and is conducted over a four week period. The programme is facilitated in small groups, to help parents prepare their children to worthily receive this sacrament.

There are also special rituals for parents and children, at the weekend masses during the children’s preparation

Parent Enrolment and Information Sessions:     

Enrolment and parent information sessions for this sacrament will be held on Wednesday 2nd August 2017, commencing at 3:30 pm, at St. Brendan's Mass Centre Lake Munmorah, and Thursday, 3rd August 2017 commencing at 3:30pm at St. Mary's Church Toukley.

Parents, in enrolling your children to receive this sacrament, you make the commitment to accompany them in working through the resources, which the parish will make available at the Parent Information Session. 

These workbooks are intended to be used during each of the facilitated sessions, and completed at home before the next session. It is also expected that you and your child attend Mass on Sundays, particularly on the weekends during their preparation.

Confirmation Name:        

Children preparing for Confirmation are required to choose the name of a Christian Saint who inspires them to act under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to follow Jesus more closely.

Sponsors:

Every child who is to be confirmed is required to have a Sponsor - a practising Catholic over the age of 16 and who has received the sacraments of  Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist (Holy Communion).

The Sponsor accompanies the parent, and child, through the preparation process and helps them, by their example, in living a good Christian life. A sponsor also helps the child to select the name of a Christian Saint and, acknowledges to the church community that the child is worthily prepared.

The Sponsor cannot be the parent or guardian of the child who is to be confirmed.

Practice:

St. Mary’s Toukley Tuesday 12th September,2017 at 3:30pm

St. Brendan's Lake Munmorah Wednesday 13th September,2017 at 3:30pm  

Celebration of Sacrament:

Saturday 16th September 2017

St Mary’s Toukley 10:00am

St. Brendan's, Lake Munmorah 12:00noon