Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation confirms or completes a person’s deep communion with God formalized in and through the sacrament of Baptism. Confirmation is to give strength in faith; and through the Sacrament of Confirmation and the gift of God’s Spirit a person deepens their baptismal commitment to witness to God’s presence and action in the world and to follow the example of Jesus, as proclaimed in the Gospels.

From the earliest centuries, followers of Jesus confirmed the gift of baptism through a further anointing with blessed oil in the laying on of hands by the bishop and the practice is administered in this age by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop [or his delegate] administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the Sacrament of Confirmation is to give strength in faith; and through the Sacrament of Confirmation and the gift of God’s Spirit a person deepens their baptismal commitment to witness to God’s presence and action in the world and to follow the example of Jesus, as proclaimed in the Gospels.

Fr Anthony Kain, parish priest of Glenelg, has written an excellent piece about the meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation and its relationship to the Sacraments of Initiation. You might like to read it here.

You can find more information about the Sacrament of Confirmation here on the website of the United States Catholic Bishops.

If you would like more information about celebrating these Sacraments please contact our Pastoral Associate – Joan Walsh – 0439 530 135  |  joan.walsh@lockleysparish.com

Or please provide the following information and we will contact you – Contact Number / Email address

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