Dates for Confirmation in Sandyford Parish 2017
(All ceremonies will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Sandyford Village)
Friday 3rd March – Holy Trinity N.S.
Friday 10th March – Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille
Friday 24th March – Our Lady of the Wayside N.S. and Church of Ireland School
Friday 31st March – St. Mary’s N.S. and St. Patrick’s N.S.
Please click on the link below to see the full list of dates for the various schools taking part in the Confirmation Programme in Sandyford Parish for 2016 -2017
What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?
‘Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with Chrism receives strength to witness to God’s love and might in word and deed. He / She is now a full fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church.’ Catechism of the Catholic Church – Reference [1285-1314]
When a coach sends a player onto the pitch, he puts his hand on their shoulder and gives them final instructions. We can understand Confirmation in a similar way. A hand is placed upon us. We step out onto the field of life. Through the Holy Spirit we know what we have to do and we have been given power to do it.
The Confirmation programme is a Parish based though much preparation also is given through religious instruction at our local primary schools. It is for boys and girls of 6th Class, however adults who have never been Confirmed in the Catholic Church may apply to do so.
The Dates for the Confirmation Programme for 2016 -2017 will be posted as soon as they are made available