Confirmation ceremonies will take place in St. Colman's Church, Corofin as follows;
Monday, August 17th 11am. Cummer School
Monday, August 17th 2.30pm. Annagh Hill & Ballinderry Schools.
Tuesday August 18th 12 noon Belclare & Sylane Schools.
Due to Government restrictions still in place, each child may be accompanied by one parent. However, in order to comply with the guidelines, some parents will have to be seated in St Colman’s Room. Those who are seated in St Colman’s Room will be brought to the Sanctuary when their child is being confirmed.
Confirmation children and their parent are asked to be in the church at least 15 minutes before the ceremony begins and to leave the church immediately after the ceremony, as the church will need to be sanitised afterwards.
If the day is fine, families are welcome to use the front garden and the grounds of the church for photographs but please be aware that there are bees in the garden at the back of the parish house so it might be best (for the bees!) to avoid this.
Archbishop Neary will not now be conferring the Sacrament of confirmation and has asked Fr. Ciarán to take his place.
Confirmation celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the Acts of the Apostles chapter 2, verses 1 to 13, we read of the Apostles receiving the Holy Spirit. They had been hiding after Jesus’ death, afraid and uncertain. The coming of the Holy Spirit with his gifts inspired them and enabled them to take the step of preaching the good news.
We are made members of God’s family at Baptism. At Confirmation, our Baptism is completed or “sealed” by the Holy Spirit and we are called to be Christian witnesses, just like the apostles. The whole of our Christian living and the life of the Church, too, are sustained by the same Spirit.
Who Can be Confirmed?
Any baptised Catholic wishing to advance on the path of developing their faith. For young people, this is usually part of the 5th/6th class primary school programme.
A sponsor stands behind the candidate for Confirmation at the Confirmation ceremony and places their hand on the shoulder of the candidate as a sign that they will support them in living out their baptismal promises. However, the role of the sponsor is not just for one day. The sponsor undertakes to assist the confirmed person in growing in the fullness of their faith and in their membership of the Catholic Church.
A person qualifies as a sponsor by being a reasonably mature adult, who is at least 16 years old, and has already received the Sacraments of Initiation, (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) themselves. The Confirmation sponsor may be one of the people who was a sponsor at Baptism.
Choosing a sponsor
(Ref. Code of Canon Law §874) To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must:
- be appointed by the candidate, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister; to be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it;
- be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made;
- be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;
- not labor under a canonical penalty, whether imposed or declared;
- not be either the father or the mother of the candidate.
The tradition of taking a new name at Confirmation emphasises the new identity of a Christian being called to witness to their faith. People are encouraged to take the name of a saint or a person from the Bible who inspires them in some way.
The oil used is called the Oil of Chrism. It is olive oil mixed with balsam that is blessed by the Archbishop and priests of the Archdiocese in the Cathedral at the ‘Chrism Mass’ in Holy Week. The Sacrament is conferred with the anointing with this ‘Oil of Chrism’ on the forehead as the Archbishop says ‘Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit’.