Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two sacraments being Baptism and Eucharist.
Confirmation perfects our Baptism and brings us the graces of the Holy Spirit that were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are:
- Wisdom: The ability to see God in everyone and everything everywhere
- Understanding: The ability to comprehend that we are followers of Christ
- Counsel (Right judgment): The ability to know right from wrong and to choose to do what is right
- Piety (Reverence): The ability to have deep respect for God and the Church
- Knowledge: The ability to understand the meaning of God
- Fortitude (Courage): The ability to overcome our fear and to stand up for what is right in the eyes of God
- Fear of the Lord (Wonder and awe): The ability to be aware the God is all-powerful, all-loving, all-perfect.
The Church teaches that all baptised persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament is to give strength in faith to follow Jesus and to become involved in the mission which Jesus left to the Church.
Adults seeking confirmation would normally prepare for this sacrament through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). For more information, refer to this RCIA Information Guide (PDF).
Confirmation of School-aged Children
Children preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are usually in Year 5 or 6 of their primary school education. In most instances, these children will have prepared for and received the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Year 3 and the Sacrament of Eucharist in Year 4. These circumstances can vary.
For children attending Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Primary School, their preparation for Confirmation occurs within the school’s Religious Education Program. For those attending other local schools, they are invited to attend an after-school Sacraments Program under the guidance of our Parishes’ Catechists Team. Classes are conducted over a six-week period at Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School, on Fridays, unless otherwise stated.
Another option is for school-aged children to prepare for the sacrament through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC). For more information, refer to this RCIC Information Guide (PDF).
Further Information and/or Expressions of Interest
If you are an adult seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation, we invite you to contact our RCIA Coordinator, Lyn Kane. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation for a school-aged child, refer to our web page, Sacraments Programs for Children, to learn more about the different ways children are prepared to receive the sacraments.
• Contact our Sacraments Coordinator, Sharon Freeman, at the Parish Office on 9816 9291 or at Sharon.Freeman@cam.org.au
• To enrol your child in a Confirmation preparation program, complete this registration form Sacraments Program – Confirmation Registration. Sharon will be in contact with you to discuss arrangements and requirements pertaining to the program.