This page is for the children in 6th Class who are preparing for the sacraments of Confirmation in our parish. Here you will find some resources, prayers and ideas that may be help you as you prepare to celebrate this special day. As a parish we want to do all we can to help you in the months ahead so that your Confirmation day may be meaningful and special for you and your family!
When will Confirmation be celebrated this year?
Due to COVID-19 we cannot gather together for Mass and so the Confirmation ceremonies, which were due to be held on March 12th & 13th, have had to be postponed. As of now, we do not know when we will be in a position to celebrate Conformation but we hope to do so as soon as is possible, hopefully in the summer.
We will inform you of dates & times as soon as we know.
What is the Sacrament of Confirmation all about?
A sacrament is special moment in our life when God gives us strength, ability and healing.
There are seven sacraments in the Catholic Church, these are:
Holy Orders (when one becomes a priest)
Anointing of the Sick
What is the Sacrament of Conformation?
At Confirmation God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is a gift that helps us become more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind and gentle. We are asked to use this gift everyday by being kind to others and by making time for God in our life.
The sacrament of Confirmation 'confirms' us in our faith and enables us to become full and active members of our parish community.
At Confirmation our relationship with God matures and grows. The best way to maintain this relationship is by talking to God in Prayer. We do this in many ways such as using words, reading the Bible or just sitting in silence and becoming aware of God's presence. A good place to begin is by thanking God for all the good things you have in life - family, friends, etc.
A 'Sacred Space' is a special place in our home that reminds us of God's presence. This can be something very simple - a small table with a Cross, the Bible, a holy picture and a candle. How you create it is up to you! We invite you to create this space in your home so that you and your family can be regularly reminded of God's love and protection. Perhaps you can light the candle in the Sacred Space when you pray and also when you are participating in the Mass online.
An example of a Sacred Space
Visit your Church
During this time we cannot gather together for Mass but our Churches are still open for private prayer. It would be a great idea for you to visit your local Church (with an adult and keeping in mind the current travel restrictions) to say a prayer and light a candle. While you are there, take time to look at the religious statues, stained glass windows and sacred pictures. Who/what do you notice?
St Mary's Church, Westport
St Patrick's Church, Lecanvey
St Mary's Church, Drummin
Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
A Prayer for Lent
Lord, please show me what I should give up for Lent,
and when I've given it up, remind me to pray to You instead,
to thank You, to love You, to hear from You,
each and every day,