The Sacrament of Confirmation calls us to live a life of holiness and obedience to God’s will. That call is primarily through a renewal of our baptismal promises that were, in most cases, made for us by our parents when we were baptised. The Sacrament is usually conferred by a bishop who lays his hands on those being confirmed and anoints them on the forehead with holy oil. By these signs the grace of their Baptism is completed. They are filled with the Holy Spirit and the many gifts He has to offer, as the apostles were at Pentecost, and they are united more firmly with Christ and His Church.
The celebration of Confirmation for our young people is another highlight of our church year which normally takes places in May or June. If you would like to understand more about Confirmation, click here and take some time to read and watch the videos.
This is a Deanery-wide programme for young people from the Salisbury Catholic Churches and from the parishes of the Sacred Heart, Tisbury and Christ the King, Amesbury. We invite young people to apply in September when they are in Year 9, with the preparation classes starting in October.
We get together during term time, normally on a Tuesday evening from 6.45pm – 8.30pm and there are between 12 and 15 sessions. During the programme we have one away-day and a residential retreat weekend at Buckfast Abbey. We also take part in the annual ‘Expression’ weekend prayer festival which is held in February in Salisbury with other young people.
For more information email us or ring the Salisbury Deanery Youth Worker, Xanthe Vanderputt on 333581
The preparation of adults for the Sacrament of Confirmation usually takes place in the context of our Journey in Faith/RCIA group, please contact Fr Michael or Fr Saji on 333581.
The Church identifies three roles for Confirmation sponsors: First, as a role-model in the faith. Because of this, the Church asks that a sponsor be at least sixteen years of age, be fully initiated in the Church (has celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation), and be a practicing member of the Church. Second, a sponsor is a companion on the candidate's faith journey. Ideally, this should/could be one of the candidate's baptismal godparents. This is encouraged by the Church to show the close connection between the two sacraments. Finally, the Confirmation sponsor witnesses for the candidate before the Church. By their presence at the Confirmation celebration, the sponsor publicly proclaims the candidate's readiness.
Sacraments are not "things" that happen on someone else's timetable. There is no penalty for waiting to be Confirmed. What is important is that each candidate feels ready and willing to undertake the responsibilities of the Christian life.
Confirmation can be conferred when a baptised individual is determined to have the use of reason, has been suitably prepared and is properly disposed and able to renew their baptismal promises. In practice, the most common age to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is around 14. We invite anyone who is in School Year 9 or above to join our programme of preparation.
If you are an adult who has not been Confirmed and would like to be prepared to receive this sacrament, please contact Fr Michael or Fr Saji on 333581.