Down and Connor Diocese

“Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit for the Spirit had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Acts 8: 14 – 16

Confirmation is the sacrament that completes baptism. It is through this sacrament that we receive the Holy Spirit and become full-fledged, responsible members of the Catholic Church.

The Bishop administers the Sacrament of Confirmation by praying that the Holy Spirit may come down upon those who are to be confirmed: and by laying his hands on them and anointing them with chrism.

In Confirmation the soul of a baptized Christian is imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once and marks this individual forever as a Christian. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the strength from above in which this individual puts the grace of his Baptism into practice through his life and acts as “witness” for Christ.

In our parish Confirmation typically takes place once every year when our Primary 7 class are confirmed in our church. Primary 7 pupils from other primary schools may be confirmed in our church at this time by arranging this in advance with the parish priest and / or the principal of St. John’s Primary School.

Adults who wish to be confirmed in our parish can do so by arranging this with the parish priest.