Sacrament of Confirmation
The celebration of Confirmation is a sacred and important moment on a long journey of faith development. Together with Baptism and First Holy Communion it opens the door to full membership of the Christian community. It is the beginning of the young adults’ ownership of their faith, supported and nourished by their family and their faith community.
Catechesis on Confirmation or preparation for celebrating the sacrament cannot be confined to one lesson or group of lessons on the Rite of Confirmation and its effects. Preparation for the sacrament is a long-term process and should seek to help the children:
- To know God the Father and relate to God the Father as his child;
- To know Jesus Christ, be familiar with his teaching and desire to follow him;
- To know the Holy Spirit and to be aware of the presence and action of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus, in the early Church and in us;
- To have a great sense of belonging to the Church and a desire to undertake responsibilities in the life and liturgy of the local Church;
- To be aware of the Church’s missionary activity and desire to assist in it;
- To have some awareness of the responsibility of Christians to work for peace, justice and togetherness in the world.
The specific preparation for Confirmation takes place in both the school and parish contexts.