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The Sacrament of Confirmation

General Information

Baptism Certificate: We require a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate to accompany the Application Form.  You can get this in the Church where the child was Baptised.

Confirmation Name: At Confirmation candidates choose an extra name as a sign to everyone of the beginning of a new way of living as a follower of Jesus. Candidates are encouraged to consider choosing the name of a Saint whose Christian life they admire.

Confirmation Sponsor:  Who can be a Sponsor?

The choice of sponsor is important. A sponsor…

  • Can be and usually is the child’s Godparent.
  • Should be a practicing member of the faith community.
  • Should not be the parent of the child.
  • Must already be Confirmed.
  • Must be a least 16 years of age.
  • Only one is required.

Confirmation Day Retreat: The Confirmation Retreat is an essential part of the candidate’s preparation. The retreat is on a school day.

Confirmation Rehearsal: A rehearsal of the Confirmation will take place in the Church for the candidates, their parents and sponsor a few days before Confirmation day.

Confirmation: The celebration of Confirmation will take place after Easter.  All candidates will be notified as soon as the date for Confirmation is received.

White Robe

In Baptism the white garment is a sign of being brought into the death and resurrection of Christ and symbolises Christ clothing the child with His Love. In First Communion  we use the garment again to signify that in the eyes of God, all are equal , male and female, rich and poor, and all clothed in God’s love. It helps us focus on the real meaning of what we are celebrating. This symbolism is carried through to Confirmation and this time the candidate is acknowledging and confirming the gift of God’s love as given in Baptism. It is the policy of Most Precious Blood Parish that all candidates wear the robe for Confirmation.


Application Mass: At a Sunday Mass each candidate accompanied by their family is invited to formally apply to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The candidates commit themselves to chosen tasks as a sign of their commitment to Jesus and His Church.

‘Confirming our Children’: Candidates and their families will be invited to attend these Masses during Lent.

Reconciliation Service: A Service of Reconciliation will take place during Holy Week prior to Confirmation.  We encourage all candidates and their families to participate in this Service.

Service of Light: The candidates who have completed their preparation for Confirmation now invite their parents to hand on the Light of Faith as a symbol of the passing on of Faith. This Service takes place a week before the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Parish Preparation Programme

Prayer Friends

During the time of preparation we invite our parishioners to sign up as a ‘Prayer Friend’.  Each candidate will have a person praying especially for them during the time of preparation.

You Shall be My Witnesses Programme

This is a four night programme and is organised by the parish.  It aims to help parents and parish become more actively involved in the Sacramental preparation for Confirmation.  It usually takes place during Lent. We invite a few parents to act as ‘leaders’ who will be trained and supported in the role.  It is a very popular programme with the candidates and indeed those parents who become a ‘Leader’.

Confirming our Children

During the year the candidates and their families attend a monthly Sunday Mass in the Parish. The theme of these masses will focus on ‘preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation’. The candidates will be prepared to be actively involved in these Masses.

Confirmation Calendar

Information Meeting:

Thursday, 3rd October  in the  ‘Credo’  at 7.30 p.m.

Enrolment and Commitment Mass

Sunday, 10th November  in the Parish Church  11.30a.m. Mass

Confirming our Children, Masses in the Parish Church (11.30a.m Sunday Mass)

Candidates attend each Sunday with their family in the Parish Church.

19th Jan. 2019, 8th March & 29th March

Parents’ Meeting

February, 2020 in The Credo at 7.30pm.

Retreat Day: School Day

Service of Reconciliation 

Tuesday, 19th of  May             St. Catherine’s                          Church 10.30am

Sunday, 24th of May      Service of Light                 11.30am Mass

Confirmation Rehearsal: Friday, 5th of June in the Parish Church  7.30p.m.

Confirmation Day: Sunday, 7th of June at 11.30am Mass

Please contact Sr. Philomena in relation to any queries on the Parish Confirmation Programme.