Preparation for the Reception of
the Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation was instituted
by Jesus on Pentecost Sunday when He sent the Holy Spirit,
as He promised upon the Apostles gathered in the Upper Room
in Jerusalem. (Acts 2: 1-42).
'Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament
of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of
Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded.
It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of
the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion
of baptismal grace. For 'by the sacrament of Confirmation,
(the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are
enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence
they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged
to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.' (CCC 1326)
In this Sacrament which the Bishop confers we:
Are sealed with the gift
of the Holy Spirit
Receive the Seven Gifts
of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel,
Fortitude, Piety and Fear of the Lord
Are made soldiers of Christ
to defend the Faith
Are made witnesses to
spread the Good News to all the earth.
In the Latin rite of the Church,
Confirmation is received after reaching the age of reason when
a person is able to renew his/her Baptismal vows in order to
illustrate that Confirmation is a completion of our Baptism.
Receiving this sacrament should not be taken lightly. Baptism
and Confirmation happen only once in our lives and it is a very
sacred moment. The Confirmation candidate makes a public confirmation
to God through the Bishop of the acceptance of these promises
and all the implications of following Christ. A candidate for
Confirmation must be prepared well for the Sacrament and given
every opportunity to review these promises and the Church’s
teachings and freely proclaim to God that they accept them as
Here at Ealing Abbey the
Confirmation programme normally begins in the Autunm with a half
day retreat at the Abbey with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
The first half of the twelve session programme concentrates on
the Baptismal promises. When this period of preparation is concluded
the candidate will formally be asked by the Parish Priest, at
a special Mass, if he/she wishes to proceed. The second half
of the preparation course is designed to equip the candidates
to witness to Christ in a world in which their Catholic faith
will be constantly challenged.
In general it is observed that the first victims of the spiritual and
cultural crisis gripping the world are the young. (General Directory
for Catechesis 181).
The programme concludes with
a Retreat day, led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
and Dom Timothy. Sessions are held on Sunday afternoons; each catechetical
session includes prayer, catechesis and social time and an opportunity
to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Candidates are also
encouraged to participate in the 7.00pm Mass and in the various
activities which are put on for young people throughout the year.
Those who have received instruction
and are suitably prepared receive Confirmation and are thus considered
responsible and commited members of the Church. They are expected to be active in
Church ministries and Parish programmes.
Parents, as the primary educators
of their children also have their part to play. They are expected
and encouraged to attend the parents sessions during the year.
This involvement of the parents’ in the catechesis, and
in witnessing to the place of the sacraments in the life of Catholics
is regarded as a critically important element in the parish-based
preparation for Confirmation.
Confirmation is celebrated
in May/June and the young people are their families are encouraged
to fully participate in the planning and celebration of the
REGISTRATION FOR CONFIRMATION
Children in Year 8 who wish to be confirmed should please collect a registration form, in person, from Fr Dominic. He will have the forms ready for collection from him in the bookshop porch after all Masses in Spring/Summer. Dates will be in the bulletin and announced from the pulpit nearer the time.
Please note that these will be the ONLY times you can pick up the forms. They will not be available from the parish office.
Please go to Catholic Life>RCIA for information about being Confirmed as an adult or speak to one of the priests.