“…that their hearts may be encouraged as they
are brought together in love, to have all the
richness of fully assured understanding,
for the knowledge of the mystery of God,
Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom
Col 2, 2-3
Confirmation is the Sacrament in which one is enriched by the gift of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens us and obliges us to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It is the Sacrament in which one enters into full membership of the Catholic Church.
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives us the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply as children of God, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us to bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once.
A Christian does not live as a child of God through his or her own efforts alone, but through the grace of God. We see this in a practical way when we look back on our own lives and the lives of others, even the lives of saints. Therefore, it is our duty to seek the grace that God offers us in order to live our lives as Christians in the way that God intends.
Confirmation preparation in St Teresa’s Parish involves learning, sharing, serving, fellowship, spiritual growth and fun! Young people in year 8 and above are given the opportunity to learn more about your Catholic faith and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
WHO MAY BE CONFIRMED?
Confirmation candidates must be at the age of thirteen or older (year 8 upwards). They should be previously baptised in the Catholic Church and received their First Holy Communion. Now they are practising their faith, demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the responsibilities of a member of the Catholic Church and are committed to continuing the faithful practice and study of their religion.
A true candidate should have a sincere desire to receive the sacrament as well as an appreciation of sacramental life.
To be accepted as a Candidate you must register with the Parish Office for the sacramental preparation.
CONFIRMATION CANDIDATE EXPECTATIONS
– Participate in Sunday Masses
– Participate in classes
– choose a qualified sponsor
– choose a saint’s name as your Confirmation name and write a biography about that saint
– participate in the Inaugural Mass in November
– participate in all Candidates meetings
– participate in Confirmation retreat
– participate in the Confirmation rehearsal
– participate in the Confirmation liturgy!
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS
As the primary educators of their children: parents are to be intimately involved in the catechesis for Confirmation. This will help them renew and strengthen their own faith, besides enabling them to set a better example for their children.
Because parents are the primary educators of their children they are responsible for initiating their children into the sacramental life. Good Christian parents serve as models for their child by being committed Christians. Therefore Parents should expect to worship with their families regularly, be actively involved in the Confirmation preparation of the candidate, engage in discussions about the material being studied including sharing your understanding and perspective. As a parent of a Confirmation Candidate you should encourage your child to reflect and thoughtfully consider the decision to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
Pray for your child’s spiritual growth every day. Support and encourage completion of assignments, activities and expectations. Emphasize the importance of the sacrament of Confirmation and faithfully bring your teen (and when necessary yourself) to meetings, programs, and prayer services that are planned to help your child prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation.