Confirmation

Confirmation celebrates the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit on a baptised person, completing and strengthening the grace given by the Spirit in Baptism. It marks the Christian as a follower of Christ and a full member of the Church.

St. Michael’s, St. Gabriel’s, and St. Raphael’s Schools only – Click here for registration form for Confirmation 2022.  Please only fill out, and submit, only once.  If you’ve already done so through the school app there’s no need to do so again.

In our parish, children normally celebrate Confirmation in Sixth Class. Much of the preparation is carried out in school with the assistance of the parish team

At Confirmation the Bishop, or his delegate, prays that the gifts given by the Holy Spirit for the living out of the Christian life will grow in each person being confirmed. These are the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Right Judgement, Courage, Reverence and Wonder and Awe in God’s presence. Growth in these gifts is a lifetime’s experience and leads the Christian to share in the mission of Jesus Christ. Young people preparing for Confirmation are encouraged to be involved in some form of service in their parish.

The decision to be confirmed is not one to be taken lightly, for it involves both faith and commitment.

Who Can Receive?

Any baptised Catholic wishing to advance on the path of developing their faith. For young people, this is usually part of the 5th/6th class primary school programme.

For adults who were not confirmed as children, it means taking part in the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
A sponsor stands behind the candidate for Confirmation at the Confirmation ceremony and places their hand on the shoulder of the candidate as a sign that they will support them in living out their baptismal promises. However, the role of the sponsor is not just for one day. The sponsor undertakes to assist the confirmed person in growing in the fullness of their faith and in their membership of the Catholic Church.

A person qualifies as a sponsor by being a reasonably mature adult, who is at least 16 years old, and has already received the Sacraments of Initiation, (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) themselves.

The Confirmation sponsor may be one of the people who was a sponsor at Baptism (subject to the notes here).

Choosing a sponsor ~

To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must:

  • Be appointed by the candidate, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister; to be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it.
  • Be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made.
  • Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist.
  • Not be either the father or the mother of the candidate.

Name

The tradition of taking a new name at Confirmation emphasises the new identity of a Christian being called to witness to their faith. People are encouraged to take the name of a saint or a person from the Bible who inspires them in some way.

Oil

The oil used is called the Oil of Chrism. It is olive oil mixed with balsam that is blessed by the bishop and priests of the diocese in the Cathedral at the ‘Chrism Mass’ on Holy Thursday. The Sacrament is conferred with the anointing with this ‘Oil of Chrism’ on the forehead as the Bishop says ‘Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit’.

Recent Parish Death Notices

Christine (Chrissy) Palmer (née Glynn), RIP

Edward (Eddie) Murphy, RIP  (Webcam link)

Margaret (Rita) Nolan, RIP  (Webcam Link)

Angela Pugh (nee Slator), RIP

Catherine Josephine Maycock, RIP

Patricia Murphy, RIP

Craig Hunter Power, RIP

Marcella Browne (née O'Reilly), RIP

Deirdre Honeyman (née Nevin), RIP

Andrew (Andy) Cunningham, RIP

Bridget Connors, RIP

Elizabeth (Lily) Ennis (nee Dowdall), RIP

Kathleen O’Keefe, RIP

Patrick Costello, RIP

James (Jimmy) Gibbons, RIP

Fr. George Wadding, C.Ss.R., RIP

Mary Stapleton, RIP

John Redmond, RIP

Jonathon Grendon, RIP

Margaret Doyle, RIP

Christina McMahon, RIP

Martin Kenny, RIP

Patricia (Patsy) O'Neill, RIP

Christopher Flynn, RIP

Sr. Edmund (Mary) Looby, O.P, RIP

Brigid (Bridie) O'Reilly, RIP

Mary (Molly) Murtagh, RIP

Thomas Monaghan (Mono), RIP

Jane Whelan (nee Bissett), RIP

Joseph (Joe) Doyle, RIP

Angela Curry (Dunne) RIP

Noreen O'Neill, RIP

John Lynch, RIP

James (Jimmy) Roche, RIP

Peter (Pennie) Brennan, RIP

Bridget (Bride) Dunne (Redmond), RIP

Carol Masterson Murray (Killeen), RIP

William (Liam) Brothers, RIP

Connie Blakemore, RIP

Theresa Harcourt, RIP

Liam Burgess, RIP

Angela Peyton (nee Stapleton), RIP

Thomas Lowry, RIP

Maura Phillips, RIP

Christine (Chrissy) Kavanagh (nee Wynn), RIP

George Fanning, RIP

Maeve French (nee Sheridan), RIP

Michael (Mick/Ick) Rowe, RIP

Pearse Brady, RIP

Patrick (Paddy) Evans, RIP

John Browne, RIP

Jennifer Woods, RIP

James McCann, RIP

Valerie O'Connor (McCann), RIP

Jennifer Higgins, RIP

Pauline Sheils, RIP

James (Jimmy) Keating, RIP

Mary Fitzpatrick, RIP

Michael (Mick) Smith, RIP

John O'Reilly, RIP

Doreen (Dee)  Maguire, RIP

Robert (Bob) Maxwell, RIP

Bernadette (Bernie) Kavanagh, RIP

Louise McClean-Hannan, RIP

Carmel McEvoy, RIP

Patricia (Patty) McClelland, RIP

James Lawlor Jnr, RIP

Cecilia Mills, RIP

Francis (Frank) Corcoran, RIP

Thomas (Tommy) Cullen, RIP

Patricia (Pat) Callan, RIP

Noel Phelan, RIP

Mary Bellamy, RIP

Eamon Daly, RIP

David O'Connor, RIP

Michael Tuohy, RIP

Kathleen Fleming, RIP

Teresa Boyd, RIP

Derek McNevin, RIP

Peter Cunningham, RIP

Sarah Jane O'Connor, RIP

Thomas Boyd, RIP

Kathleen (Kay) Kiely, RIP

Fran (Francis) Johnston, RIP

Barbara Ennis, RIP

Michael Butler, RIP

Michael Gallagher, RIP

Martin (Masty) O'Halloran, RIP

Carmel Malone, RIP

Mary Carroll, RIP

Christina (Dina) McGuinness, RIP

Edward Holly, RIP

Phyllis Hollowed, RIP

Paula Stokes, RIP

Edward (Eddie) COSTELLO (rip.ie)

Oliver Cosgrave, RIP

Kathleen Gribbin, RIP

Parish Newsletter

Parish Contacts

Priests:
Fr. Adrian Egan, C.Ss.R. (PP), Fr. Seamus Devitt, C.Ss.R.;
Tel: 01-6264789

Pariah Secretary:
Mildred Healy;
Tel: Working from home; contact by email.
email:parishcentreballyfermot@gmail.com

Sacristans:
Ann Marie Murray & Margaret Killeen;
Tel: 01 – 6264691 (9am to 12 Noon)

Follow us on Facebook

Our Gallery