Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation is so called because it confirms and strengthens baptismal grace.
Confirmation celebrates the call of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are given to us. ‘God never takes back his gifts nor revokes his choice.’ Rm 11:29
Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation and lays down the foundation for Christian life.
Adult Catholics will be supported through the RCIA programme.
Confirmation is open to every baptised person.
The Code of Canon Law presumes that Confirmation is celebrated around the age of reason. The minimum age is 12 years. Readiness and willingness to receive the Sacrament is important and is the commitment and attitude of the candidate.
Regular weekly commitment will be required to attend Mass and the full programme.
You are requiared to be supported by a sponsor and advice will be given on this. (A sponsor should not be a parent, should be over 16 and a confirmed practising Catholic).
Attending to the liturgy the gifts of the Spirit and the Rite of Confirmation will provide the foundation for the Sacrament to be developed.
Sacrament of Confirmation 2017
We congratulate all our dear young people, confirmed by Bishop Paul last Sunday. As they take their place as full and active members in the family of the Church, may they recognise that they are loved and possessed by the Holy Spirit of true joy that brings new life to the Church, and renews the whole world; and that being open to the gifts of that same Spirit, they will know that the Church, led by the Spirit, is their home, and so walk boldly towards an exciting future known only to the God who loves each and everyone of them, so much, and calls them to be witnesses to God’s healing purposes in the world!
Sacrament of Confirmation 2016
Bishop Paul Hendricks administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to the thirty-two young people of the parish last Sunday. Congratulations to all involved. Our renewed thanks to the dedicated team of catechists and Chaplain Fr Romanus.
We especially thank Nick Dunne for his great work with the young people of the parish, coordinator and lead catechist of the programme, who after thirteen plus years is stepping down. We wish him well in his future ministry in the life of the parish here at St Anselm’s.
We also thank Confirmation Catechists: David Sharp, Bernard Dive, Deborah Hogan, Annie Ramage, Marie Lees, Chris Spicha, Woytek Jarosiewicz, John Wevill and the Parish Team, Fr William Hebborn, Fr Paul Connelly, Fr Romanus Ozuombo (Chaplain) and Martine Mercer for their commitment, support and great enthusiasm to the programme through the year. One of the many highlights of the year for the young people was the Retreat weekend at St Vincent’s, Whitstable. Here are some of their comments and pictures:
I really enjoyed every bit of if, from the singing to the dancing. I really want to go back there. (Jose)
I thought it was really good. I learnt a lot of things about myself and my faith. It really was very good and I would like to go again; it was great. (Owen)
It was great fun and I learnt a lot and I thought that the bonding was really fun. I would definitely like to go back. I also learnt a lot about why I am doing my confirmation and my faith. (Matthew)
It was fun and I enjoyed it (Kaitlyn)
I had a wonderful time at the retreat. I really enjoyed how they had prayer times; they were relaxing and calming and I felt very much in touch with God. I would love to go again with all my friends. (Rebecca)
This weekend has been the best because we went to the beach and we also went bowling. We also enjoyed lots of activities, so I have experienced making lots of new friends. (Destiny)
It was amazing! We had lots of activity sessions with our leaders and Mass in the chapel and prayer times. The food was amazing. I thought the people were epic and so caring. My favourite part was when everyone wrote their favourite things about themselves. When I revealed them it was lovely and made me feel very special. (Niamh)
It was really fun and we learnt a lot about my/our faith and helped us to understand now important our confirmation is. We want to go back! (Thomas)
It was really good. I had lots of fun. I enjoyed the bowling and the beach was fun. The praying was peaceful and nice. (Finton)
It was the most amazing experience and I would definitely go back. It brought me further on my journey to Godliness and confirmation. The team also made us extremely welcome and I felt very comfortable. (Elena)
I absolutely loved the retreat weekend much more than expected. I especially enjoyed having fun at the bowling and meeting the team, but I also gave the sad side of me during the sharing sheets. The team were amazing and they all immediately made us content. I want to return! P.S. Martha, I love Wales!! (Anton)
It was very good…. (William)
It was a mesmerising experience. It was fun and exciting. The say was amazing and everyone so kind. The experience was truly amazing and really felt me see who I am. It also brought me closer to God. At the end of the confirmation course I would very much like to visit St Vincent’s again. (Joseph)
I enjoyed the retreat as it taught me more about my religion. I also made new friends and had new experiences. If I could, I would go again. (Gabriel)
The retreat was incredible. Even though we spend practically two days, it felt like home coming back from the beach and bowling. We made new friends and learnt new things about them. It got us closer together. The activities were interesting and had banter. On a more serious note, at the end all of us were closer with God, each other as well the youth minsters there. This is an enjoyable memory. (Darius)
I enjoyed my stay at St Vincent’s and love to do it again sometime soon. I enjoyed the activities we took part in during our weekend. The people who stayed there and instructed s were very nice and welcoming too. (Mary)
It was such fun! I really want to go back!! (Catherine)
I really enjoyed myself and would love to back! (Isobel)
We should come back because it was a very influential journey and I have learnt a lot about myself. (Nadine)
The confirmation retreat was a good experience. It allowed me to make new friends and find myself. I also learnt to let go of all my worries and let God guide me. (Gilbert)
I want to go back! (Ernest)
We want to go back! It was such fun and we became closer as a group. (Maddy)
We want to go back! (Olivia)
Real fun. It was full of great activities like: bowling, a quiz and much more. The food and beds were amazing was well. I hope I can go back. (Michael)
Please join us in remembering the candidates, family and friends in your prayers.