Confirmation Programme

Congratulations to the children attending St Clare’s Primary School and Harold’s Cross National School who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 22nd February at 11 am. Many thanks to their parents, teachers, the parish team and all those who helped to make the day so special.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

What happens in Confirmation?
In Confirmation the soul of a baptised Christian is imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once and marks the individual for ever as a Christian. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the strength from above in which the individual puts the grace of his baptism into practice through his life and acts as a “witness” for Christ.

See more questions and answers on the Sacrament of Confirmation from YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church).


The Sacrament of Confirmation marks us as a full member of the Catholic Church. To support parents in the religious education of their child, the school and the parish have organised a programme for all those children who are enrolled for Confirmation. This programme offers young people an opportunity to think about serious choices that are facing them, choices about values, choices about faith, and the challenge and joy of living a Christian life.

Confirmation Programme Dates 2017-2018
10.30 am Sunday 10th December Promise, enrolment and commitment
10.30 am Sunday 14th January
Gifts of the Spirit
10.30 am Sunday 28th January Fruits of the Spirit
10.30 am Sunday  4th February Called by Name
10.30 am Sunday 18th February Anointed with Oil awaiting the Spirit
 7.30 pm Monday 19th February Ceremony of Light
11.00 am Thursday 22nd February Sacrament of Confirmation

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Today’s Mass Readings
The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stung with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me!" he cried.
Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.
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