Confirmation is the sacrament which seals us with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The age at which children are to receive this sacrament is under review, therefore the children who are enrolled on the Sacramental Programme this autumn will not be prepared for Confirmation yet. Details regarding the age at which they will be Confirmed will be available once a decision has been reached at the Diocesan level. Preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion will remain the same. For more details of the changes to the age of Confirmation please see Bishop Arnold's pastoral letter.
If you have been baptised in the Catholic Church but were never confirmed and you would like to receive this sacrament please contact Father John on 0161 790 2855.
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”
'Catechism of the Catholic Church'