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.

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’.

Death Notices

Bernadette (Detta) O’Rourke, RIP

Margaret Pauline McClelland, RIP

Margaret Rose Croker, RIP

Patrick (Paddy) Kenealy, RIP

Valerie Lawlor, RIP

Patrick (Wacker) O’Keeffe, RIP

John Tracey, Snr. RIP

Adrian (Ado) Allen, RIP

Richard (Richie) Ryan, RIP

Joseph (Jnr) (Joey) Corrigan, RIP

James (Shay) Rattigan, RIP

Alice (Detta) McGuirk, RIP

Stephen Nugent, RIP

Frieda Ryan, RIP

Gaye Kelly, RIP

Michael (Mick) Saunders, RIP

Frank Marsh, RIP

Daniel Connors, RIP

Nicholas (Tony) Earley, RIP

Anne Berigan, RIP

Bernadette (Bernie) Murphy, RIP

John Nesbitt, RIP

Mary Nugent, RIP

Seamus (Shay) McDonald, RIP

Norah (Norrie) Colohan, RIP

Ethna Connolly, RIP

Noel Fitzpatrick, RIP

Fr. John Wall, RIP

Phyllis Daly, RIP

Anthony Winston, RIP

Maura (Eileen) Moss, RIP

Elizabeth (Betty) Dixon, RIP

Joseph (Joe) Maher, RIP

Edward (Eamon) Martin, RIP

Fr. David Lumsden, RIP

John McElligott, RIP

Bridie Cunningham, RIP

Agnes Jenkins, RIP

Sharon Kineen, RIP

Patrick (Paddy) Johnston, RIP

Carmel Nugent, RIP

Johnathan Mahony, RIP

Teresa Byrne, RIP

David Higgins, RIP

Julia (Sheila) Elliot, RIP

Thomas McCarthy, RIP

Margaret (Annie) Kelly, RIP

Delores King, RIP

John Byrne, RIP

Teresa Canning, RIP

Sandra O’Callaghan (Hodkins), RIP

Edward Redmond, RIP

Audrey Purcell, RIP

Joseph Kiernan, RIP

Emily Madden (O’Keefe) RIP

Karen Higgins, RIP

Sheila Boughton (Flood) RIP

Michael McGrail, RIP

Derek Kinch, RIP

Joseph (Eamon) Wallace, RIP

Margaret Kelly, RIP

Monica Kenny, RIP

Oliver (Ollie) Allen, RIP

Bridget (Vera) Redmond (née Bodie) RIP

Christy Geraghty, RIP

James (Jimmy) Power, RIP

Elizabeth (Lily) O’Neill, RIP

Thomas Richardson, RIP

Stephanie Byrne, RIP

John Doyle, RIP

Catherine Healy, RIP

Christopher (Christy) O’Neill, RIP

Doris Costello, RIP

Esther Brown, RIP

Brian Murrayhill, RIP

Noel St. John, RIP

Gerard O’Connell, RIP

Elizabeth (Lily) Shirley, RIP

Joan Phelan, RIP

John (Bob) Swords, RIP

James Kelly, RIP

Carmel Callis, RIP

Michael (Tony) McCabe, RIP

James Wickham, RIP

Martin Sheridan, RIP

Peter St. John, RIP

Austin (Michael) Daniel, RIP

 

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Parish Contacts

Priests:
Fr. Adrian Egan, C.Ss.R. (PP), Fr. Stan Mellet, C.Ss.R., Fr. Con Kenneally, 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)

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