As you know the Sacrament of Confirmation, completes or confirms the Sacrament of Baptism. For Catholics it is a time when we re-examine our commitment to the Faith handed down to us from generation to generation. Confirmation asks that we explore our personal lives in order to understand the love of God and ourselves more fully. It is primarily your responsibility to bring up your children in the practice of the faith. The parish/school community act in co-operation with parents to this end.
"A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land and you shall be my people, and I will be your God."
The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
This process of discernment gives us the benefit of learned wisdom and spiritual insights so that we can negotiate the present and make the best decisions for our future.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. he gifts of the Holy Spirit are; wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and respect of the Lord.
One of the difficulties facing the Sacramental Programme is the lack of Adult Faith Development. In response to this situation – in helping parents to guide their children along the path of faith – the parish has implemented an Adult Faith Education Programme as part of the sacramental preparation of your child. This enables parents to actively participate in the spiritual development of their children while enhancing ones own spiritual development and that of the whole family.
The Theology of the Holy Spirit
I have produced two adult education audio video session on the theology of the Holy Spirit. This will greatly enhacve you knowledge fo the Holy Spirit using scripture and theology to explain the sacrament of Confirmation from an adult perspective.
The Spiritual Wellbeing of your Child
This Sacramental Programme is central to the spiritual development of your child. As parents/guardians I know that you will agree with me that your child needs to know God as a loving friend and companion. Our Parish Sacramental Programme encourages active sacramental participation by you and your child. This can only benefit your child, your family and, by your support, the whole community of God’s people who make up this parish. Therefore you are required to:
- To promise to attend Weekend Mass
- Your child must attend the children's education session/s
- To promise to help your child in their sacramental preparation
Failure to participate fully in this programme, without valid reason, may lead to the postponement of the reception of your child’s Sacrament. So if you feel you or your child are not ready to commit yourself to the Parish Sacramental Programme you can always choose to defer for a year or more until you feel ready to make the commitment necessary to make this programme as personally and spiritually meaningful as possible.
Father John Madden, Parish Priest