The sacrament of Confirmation completes Baptism. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with chrism oil receives the strength to witness to God’s love and goodness in what they say and do. When we choose to be confirmed we are committing ourselves to grow in our friendship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are saying, “ Yes, I believe in you my God; I wish to receive the gift of your Spirit so that I can witness to your love and presence in the world all the days of my life.” and God says, “Yes I believe in you too and I will give you my Spirit. I give myself entirely to you. I am all yours!
In our parish we normally have Confirmation conferred on our P7 children at 4pm on an afternoon during the month of February. Children are prepared for this sacrament by the teachers in our Catholic primary schools and during the months prior to receiving the sacrament they are made very much aware of what it means to be a committed follower of Christ. The Service of Light, celebrated a number of months before Confirmation, highlights this commitment and during this service parents are encouraged to help their son/daughter understand the importance of the sacrament.