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Confirmation

​Confirmation 2020

If your child is in year 8 or 9 and has yet to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are looking to run a new confirmation programme from
Eastertide 2019 to Eastertide 2020. ​Please complete the form below
​to register your child's interest so we can ascertain viability. Thank you.

​Please complete the form below after carefully reading

the ​requirements for the celebration of the Sacrament.

​SOURCE DOCUMENTS

Confirmation is the sacrament by which Catholics receive a special outpouring of the
Holy Spirit. Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit gives them the increased ability to practice their Catholic faith in every aspect of their lives and to witness Christ in every situation.
The effects of Confirmation are as follows:

An increased portion of the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, knowledge, right judgment, understanding, courage, piety,
and the fear of the Lord.
A deepening and strengthening of the grace received at Baptism, which is considered the presence of God in the soul
A more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ
A closer bond with the Catholic Church
The ability to take a greater, more mature role in the Church's mission of living the Christian faith daily and witnessing to Christ everywhere
A special mark, or character, on the soul
that can never be erased

Each person's ability to embrace these effects depends on his or her openness to the sacrament and willingness to accept it as God's personal gift. 

Who Can Receive Confirmation?

In the Roman Catholic Church, Confirmation is usually administered to young people in years
8 or 9,  who are ready to take on a more adult role in the Church. These candidates for Confirmation, or confirmands, as they are called, were usually baptized as infants and must now accept the Catholic faith as their own and make a commitment to live it out with God's help.
Most confirmands participate in one or two years of preparation classes before receiving the sacrament. As part of that preparation, each confirmand chooses a 'Confirmation name' (usually that of a favorite saint), which indicates that he or she is ready to assume a new position
in the community.

Adults joining the Catholic Church also receive the sacrament of Confirmation after baptism and a period of instruction. They, too, must freely accept the Catholic faith and commit to
practicing it at all times.

Any baptized person, even an infant,
may receive Confirmation, and the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit that it provides,
if he or she is in danger of death. 

Baptism: the basics
From the very beginning of the Church, baptism was the Sacrament that made people members, whether this was adults or children. By being baptised, they belonged to the family of the Church. Belonging is very important to us. But belonging is not just about a single ceremony: it is about who we are, and what we do. It is the same with baptism. To have a child baptised means that you wish them to belong to the Catholic Church - to be a part of it. This means as parents you have to ask yourselves some questions:
    •    Can we honestly promise to do our best to teach our child about the Catholic Church?

    •    Will we give an example of belonging by taking part in the life of the Church ourselves?
    •    Can we honestly say that Baptism is more than just a way into a Catholic school?
If you answer ‘no’ or ‘not sure’ to any of these questions, you should perhaps think again about baptism in the Catholic Church.

Conditions for Baptism
Anyone can be baptised in the Catholic Church, as long as they (or their parents if they are aged under 7) can make the solemn profession of faith, and will promise to be part of the Catholic Church in the future. In the case of a child, this means that at least one of the parents must be a Roman Catholic themselves.
At least one parent must be a baptised Roman Catholic - proof of this may be required.
A person should be baptised in the Parish where they live, and permission will be required for Baptism to take place elsewhere.
A person being baptised must have at least one practising Roman Catholic godparent.

Who can be a godparent?
Only Catholics over the age of 16 may be godparents at Catholic baptisms. Other Christians may stand as Christian Witnesses (the equivalent of godparents), but must be baptised themselves - they have to make the profession of faith as well. A godparent should be both willing and able to assume the responsibilities of this role, caring for the developing faith of the baptised child, and furthering a real relationship with them.

How is Baptism celebrated?
Baptism is a rich and ancient ceremony. The priest will guide you through the celebration, so that you and your guests can fully take part. The ceremony makes rich use of SYMBOLS. First among these is WATER, which is a symbol of new life: it washes away the old in order to give birth to the new; it is also a rymbol of resurrection - as we rise from the water it reminds us of Christ rising from the tomb. We also use HOLY OIL - namely the Oil of Catechumens, which is used to prepare us for baptism, and the Sacred Chrism, the holy oil which proclaims that we are part of Christ, the Anointed One. We also use LIGHT, in the form of the presentation of a lighted candle, with the words "Receive the light of Christ". Finally a WHITE GARMENT is used, to show the clothing of ourselves in Christ by means of this Sacrament.

CONFIRMATION St Margaret Mary 2019-20

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