At Confirmation we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, who strengthens and guides our Christian faith. The Sacrament of Confirmation at St Patrick's Sutherland is a parish based co-ordinated program.  This approach acknowledges the important role of parents and families in the whole preparation process, as parents are the first educators of children in their faith.  The Parish Sacramental team and parish community, as well as St Patrick's Primary school staff and Catechists, support families during the program.  In this partnership, the spiritual development of a child can be nurtured and grown.  We hope that families enjoy the family centred Sacramental program and experience a warm sense of belonging.  If you have any enquiries regarding Confirmation, please contact Kay Macadam (Sacramental co-ordinator) on Thursday or Fridays from 9am to 3.30pm.   We look  forward to journeying with families during this special time of their lives.

The St Patrick's Sacramental Team

Eligibility - Candidates must be baptised Catholic, have received First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and be in Year 6 or above.

2017 Dates

Enrolment period - 22 April to 8 May  (Sorry, no late enrolments are able to be accepted)

Parent Reflection and Information evening - Wednesday 17 May 2017 - 7pm in church

Preparation program from 9am to 9.45am -

Session one - 21 May

Session two - 28 May

Session three - 4 June

Child and parent attends Mass during the program at either the Saturday 5pm Vigil, or Sunday at 8am or 10am.  The 20/21 May is the commitment weekend.

Retreat day - Friday 9 June 2017

Sacrament of Confirmation - Friday 16 June at 6.30pm

Masses to receive certificates - 17/18 June - 5pm, 8am or 10am

"Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit" (Acts 8:14-17).

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285.

Confirmation is a Sacrament that is received only once, like Baptism. In the Eastern rite Catholic churches, Confirmation is often given by the priest at Baptism, whereas in Latin rite Catholic Churches (like St Patrick's) Confirmation is usually conferred some years after Baptism by a Bishop (usually). A child confirmed at their Baptism, cannot receive Confirmation again. However, they may join in the Confirmation preparation sessions and accompany their peers as one who is learning to appreciate the graces and gifts of the Holy Spirit entrusted to them in their infancy.

Baptised youth or adults who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should approach a Priest for appropriate instruction in the faith. This may be particularly pertinent to Baptised Christians preparing for Marriage.

For more information about the Sacrament of Confirmation, please see the Catechism of the Catholic Church.