The Sacrament of Confirmation
Before Jesus was put to death, He promised His followers that He would send His Spirit to comfort and strengthen them. True to His promise, the Holy Spirit was poured out on them on Pentecost, forty days after His resurrection from the dead. The Sacrament of Confirmation is our own Pentecost. When we are confirmed, we receive the Holy Spirit, through the anointing with holy oil and the laying on of hands by the bishop or a priest appointed by him.
When we receive this sacred seal we show that we belong to God. By their anointing, the prophets, kings and priests of the Old Testament were elevated to a special position in their service of God. So it is with us when we receive the holy oil on our foreheads; we become part of the priesthood of all believers, witnesses to Christ and heirs to His throne.
Ordinarily Confirmation is celebrated at the Sacret Heart every year for those in the P4 grade.
Please contact the Parish Office for more information or to make arrangements.
Come, O Creator Spirit blest!
And in our souls take up Thy rest:
Come, with Thy grace and heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is that sacrament by which, through the laying on of hands, the anointing with chrism, and through prayer, the baptized are strengthened by the Holy Spirit in order to profess and defend the faith and live up to it faithfully. Confirmation completes the graces of baptism, and is indeed one of the three Sacraments of Initiation along with Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that "the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time," for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete.
For other inquiries, please call the Parish Assistant, Margaret Drummond, at 01968 674 046.
If you are a Catholic young adult or adult who has not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please call parish office: 01968 673 709. We will be happy to prepare you in a manner appropriate to your circumstances.