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
The sacrament of Confirmation will be administrated to the young people of each school separately this year – those from St Trea's on Friday, 23rd April 2021 and those from Anahorish on Thursday, 6th May 2021 both at 5pm.
It is expected that priests will be delegated as celebrants this year.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is usually done through the schools in conjunction with teachers, parents and the school chaplain. However, this year there was not time for preparation in the schools before lockdown. Instead, each confirmation family will have received an online link to help the young person to prepare spiritually for the sacrament and it is recommended that this be used.
Confirmation Preparation Videos have been produced by The Irish Bishops' Council for Catechetics to help prepare children for the sacrament of Confirmation this year. Details can be found at the link below: