Confirmation is one of three Sacraments of Initiation which includes Baptism and Eucharist. In the Archdiocese of Sydney Confirmation is received after first Eucharist when the child is in Year 6 or older. Like Baptism, Confirmation is only received once, whereas Eucharist is received over and over every week.
Confirmation Preparation Program
The Sacraments are a wonderful gift to us from God inviting us into deeper intimacy. So that children can gain the full benefit of the experience, the preparation is vitally important.
Children who attend OLR Primary School will attend preparation classes during school hours. Information about the program can be obtained from the school.
All other candidates will participate in a series of preparation sessions prior to the event (dates below). If your child has extracurricular activities on the days for the preparation classes, please be sure to give the various coaches/instructors notice well ahead of time that your child will be attending the Sacrament Preparation classes on those days.
The Sacrament of Confirmation requires the candidate to choose a person to be their sponsor. This person cannot be their parent, must be at least 16 years of age and a confirmed Catholic who is a witness to the faith. As Confirmation is linked to Baptism, ideally the sponsor would be one of your child’s godparents. If this is not possible, another sponsor may be chosen.
The Confirmation Ceremony takes approximately 1.5 hours and is followed by a group photograph with the Bishop. Families are then free to leave to celebrate further.
Children are not required to buy special outfits for the Sacrament, however they are required to dress appropriately. A general guide is how they would dress to attend a family wedding. Boys should be in long trousers (not jeans), dark shoes (not runners), collared shirt. A tie is appropriate but not essential. Girls should be in a knee or ankle length dress or slacks (not jeans), with hair neatly arranged. No runners.
A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required as well as the permission of both parents. Please enroll using the form below, or if you prefer, visit the parish office where your details will be entered for you. Please note, students at OLR Primary School may enroll and pay through the School office.
There are substantial expenses incurred by the parish in running the Sacrament program including administration, teaching resources, print materials and refreshments.
The cost per child is $15, payable at the time of enrolment. No child however will ever be denied the opportunity to receive the Sacraments due to financial limitations. Families in difficult financial circumstances should contact the parish office to discuss their situation confidentially. Payment may be made in cash/cheque at the parish office, or at the first session.
Confirmation Parent Session:
Sunday 11th March 2018 11.00am – 11.45am
Morning Tea will be served from 10.30am so please come before the briefing and enjoy a cup of coffee with us.
Please note that attendance at the parent briefing by at least one parent/carer is expected.
Date TBC – likely to be in May.
Sunday 27th May at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
Week 1: Sunday 18th March 10:45am – 11.30am
Week 2: Sunday 25th March 10:45am – 11.30am
Week 3: Sunday 8th April 10:45am – 11.30am
Week 4: Sunday 6th May 10:45am – 11.30am
Saturday 12th May 4.30pm – 5.15pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Church
Rehearsal is important as St Mary’s is a large church and there is a particular order of service on the day that the children will need to rehearse.