Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation
The occasions of a young person’s Confirmation is a wonderful opportunity for a family to deepen and reinvigorate their own faith. It can also be a graced moment of renewal for the broader parish community.
We, in the pastoral area of Greystones and Kilquade, are aware of many of the challenges facing parents, guardians and families at the different stages of a child’s development. We see moments of engagement with the sacraments as a means of touching into the faith elements in this development and therefore we offer programmes of preparation for such sacramental engagements.
A lot of the preparation work is carried out through the school but the parish and home also have important roles to play in helping our children and our community to understand what it means to grow into being a full member of the Catholic Church.
We understand that it is in the family that the passing on of the Faith primarily takes place. School and parish cannot replace the role of the family in this task. We offer support to parents in growing in their own faith in these key Sacramental years so that the parents can feel confident in sharing their faith tradition within their family. The intent is not just to prepare the young people for Confirmation but to engage with parents in exploring and articulating their own faith and in being confident enough to become involved in their child’s faith formation, both in the year of preparation and in the years beyond that.
We invite parents of children who are at this preparation stage to register for the Sacrament and preparation for it.
We encourage you to read through our policy document before completing the registration form. You can view it by clicking the following link:Confirmation Policy
In order to complete the registration form, you will need to:
- Know the date and place of Baptism of the young person being registered.
- Have discussed with the young person that they are preparing for Confirmation and what that means for them.
The preparation programme begins with an information meeting which takes place in late September or early October. All who have registered are informed of these once the dates, times and locations are scheduled.
Part of the preparation programme involves a commitment ceremony where the young person and parent hand in an certificate of commitment. Copies of this certificate will be available at the information meeting.
Paul Thornton, Parish Pastoral Worker