Sacrament of Confirmation 2022

A message from our Youth Ministry Coordinator - Rita Butler

Holy Trinity website– www.holytrinity.dol.ca

Sacred Heart Ingersoll website- www.shi.dol.ca 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is a blessing to celebrate this important Sacrament that is so closely connected to our Baptism.

This year, conscious of family stressors of our present time, we want to make this experience as meaningful as possible without it becoming an unmanageable burden. Since we are not able to predict the requirements concerning Covid policies in our church buildings to keep things safe, we will be doing the majority of our preparation virtually. We also plan to have a couple in person sessions at the church as long as nothing changes with our present restrictions/policies.

Preparation will not start until the new year. Registration begins now with a deadline of December 17th.  Please complete your form and email it back to rbutler@dol.ca It can also be dropped off at the secure mail slot at Holy Trinity Parish or at Sacred Heart parish office. There is a $15 registration fee to cover the cost of a confirmation gown rental. Cheques can be made payable to Holy Trinity Parish or by sending a direct e-transfer to holytrinity@dol.ca

Make sure to memo “Confirmation Registration” in the transfer.

Dates and more details of our virtual gatherings will be shared and updated on our parish website. Please watch our website for that information in late fall.

At that time there will be a required Consent form/liability waiver for virtual meetings that will need to be filled out and returned back to me before we begin our online preparation sessions. Please contact me at the parish if you have any questions at rbutler@dol.ca

Confirmation

It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.

From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:

  • it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!" (Romans 8:15);
  • it unites us more firmly to Christ;
  • it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
  • it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
  • it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross:

Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.

The Sacrament of Confirmation as described by Fr. Raphael Mary of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington.