Twenty three years ago on the 30th of September 1998, Pope John Paul, (now Saint John Paul) spoke in preparation of the Jubilee of the Year 2000, of a renewed appreciation of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.
In his document ‘Tertio millennio adveniente’, n.45 he focused our attention on the sacrament of Confirmation:
45. The primary tasks of the preparation for the Jubilee thus include a renewed appreciation of the presence and activity of the Spirit, who acts within the Church both in the Sacraments, especially in Confirmation, and in the variety of charisms, roles and ministries which he inspires for the good of the Church: “There is only one Spirit who, according to his own richness and the needs of the ministries, distributes his different gift for the welfare of the Church (cf. 1 Cor 12:1-11). Among these gifts stands out the grace given to the Apostles. To their authority, the Spirit himself subjected even those who were endowed with charisms (cf. 1 Cor 14). Giving the body unity through himself and through his power and through the internal cohesion of its members, this same Spirit produces and urges love among the believers”.(32)
…and in the (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1316)
“[confirmation] perfects baptismal grace; it…gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Chrust, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds”
To register yourself for the Sacrament of Confirmation you need to be at least 15 years old, Baptised and have received the Sacrament of Communion.
Registration closes on the 30th of June 2021 so please register yourself as before that date.
All you need to do for now is to let me know your intention to be committed to the preparation for Confirmation by sending me your name and contact details. Later I will need a copy of your Baptism certificate.
Our first meeting will take place on Wednesday 30th of June 2021 at 7.30pm in the Church. It is necessary to attend this meeting if you wish to be Confirmed.
The meeting will last for 45 minutes. During this meeting I will talk to you about who you have chosen as sponsor. I will also ask you about the saint you have chosen to inspire you on your active Christian adventure.
I look forward to meeting you and talking with you about your hopes and dreams for the Church, your planet earth, your community, your parish, your family and everything that matters to you.
Father Patrick Ryan