Confirmation Programme

Congratulations to the children in Harold’s Cross National School who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 28th March, and to the children in St Clare’s Primary School who were confirmed on Thursday 4th April. Many thanks to their parents, teachers, the parish team and all those who helped to make the day so special.

Confirmation

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 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.

What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is the sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with chrism receives the strength to witness to God’s love and might in word and deed. He is now a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church.

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).

 

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Saint John Henry Newman
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On Sunday 13th October, Pope Francis canonised Cardinal John Henry Newman as a Saint. He was born on 21st February 1801, the first of six children. He was ordained an Anglican priest but converted to Catholicism. He was received into the Church by an Italian Passionist Fr Dominic Barberi on 9th October 1845. In addition to the schools associated with him in England, he founded a boarding school for boys in Dublin at the side of the Oratory Church [St. Stephen’s Green], and also University College Dublin. He wrote extensively in his latter years and among his writings are the prayer below and the hymn ‘Lead, Kindly Light’. He died on 11th August 1890.
Lord, may you support us all the day long ’till the shades lengthen,
and evening falls, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in your mercy, Lord, may you grant us
a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at last. Amen.
Saint John Henry Newman, pray for us.
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