Ceremonies for 2017
Bishop Denis will be attending Confirmation in our Parish this year.
Confirmation Planning 2017
Introduction Meeting for the Confirmation Parents / Guardians with Fr. Fitzpatrick 23/11/2016 at 8pm in Carbury GAA Hall.
Enrolment Ceremony for Confirmation 2017
Killina, Ticknevin & Kilshanroe Schools takes place at 7.30pm Saturday the 19th of November in Derrinturn Church
Derrinturn School takes place at 11am Sunday the 20th of November in Derrinturn Church
Ceremony of Light for Confirmation 2017
Killina, Ticknevin & Kilshanroe Schools takes place at 7.30pm onSaturday the 18th of February in Derrinturn Church
Derrinturn School takes place 11am on Sunday the 19th of February in Derrinturn Church
Confessions for Confirmation 2017
Killina & Ticknevin Schools takes place at 6.30pm on Saturday the 11th of February in Derrinturn Church
Derrinturn School takes place at 10am on Thursday the 16th of February in Derrinturn Church
Kilshanroe School takes place at 9.30am on Wednesday the 22nd of February in Kilshanroe Church
Confirmation Ceremony takes place on Thursday 2nd March 2017
For Derrinturn School takes place at 11am in Derrinturn Church
For Killina, Ticknevin & Kilshanroe Schools takes place at 2pm in Derrinturn Church
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Confirmation in the faith
Confirmation celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the Acts of the Apostles chapter 2, verses 1 to 13, we read of the Apostles receiving the Holy Spirit. They had been hiding after Jesus’ death, afraid and uncertain. The coming of the Holy Spirit with his gifts inspired them and enabled them to take the step of preaching the good news.
We are made members of God’s family at Baptism. At Confirmation, our Baptism is completed or “sealed” by the Holy Spirit and we are called to be Christian witnesses, just like the apostles. The whole of our Christian living and the life of the Church, too, are sustained by the same Spirit.
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
(Ref. Code of Canon Law §874) 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, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;
not be either the father or the mother of the candidate.
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.
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’.