Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is a long-term process within one’s journey in faith. This journey began in the sacrament of Baptism.
In Baptism, we:
- experience new life in Jesus Christ
- receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
- become children of God, sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ
We are also
- initiated and welcomed into the Christian Community
- welcomed as new members into the family of God
In Confirmation, we, as maturing persons:
- make a conscious decision to commit to the baptismal promises made on our behalf when we were younger
- make a personal affirmation to a belief in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
What does choosing to be Confirmed involve?
It involves choosing to commit to a relationship with God which informs the rest of life. This involves:
- knowing and relating to God as God the Father
- knowing Jesus Christ, becoming familiar with His teachings and having a desire to follow Him
- knowing the Holy Spirit and becoming aware of its presence and action in the life of Jesus, in the early Church and in us
This leads to:
- A greater sense of belonging to the Church and can lead the faithful to undertake responsibilities in the life and liturgy of the local Church
- An awareness of the Church’s missionary activity and the call/challenge to assist in it
- An awareness of the responsibility of Christians to work for peace, justice and togetherness in the world
The Sacraments of Baptism & Confirmation
There is reference to the sacrament of Baptism in each of the senior cycle classes. This helps children to identify and explore the link between the sacrament of Baptism and the sacrament of Confirmation.
The sacrament of Confirmation is presented in Alive-0 7 and Alive-0 8
Preparing for Confirmation
This takes place in both the school and parish contexts. For information about the parish-based programme Confirming Our Children, which links with the Alive-O programme, please click here.
A series of Post-Confirmation lessons are included. These lessons are suitable for Confirmation and non-Confirmation classes. The aim of these lessons is to awaken and develop faith.
A series of post-Confirmation lessons are included. These are based on The Kingdom/Reign of God (Term 3, Lessons 2-8). The aim of these lessons is to explore the theme of ‘right relations’ in relation to oneself, one’s friends and others in the context of the Kingdom/Reign of God.
Appendices in Alive-08 include:
- A Prayer Service of Light
- The celebration of Confirmation