Confirmation is one of three Sacraments of Initiation which includes Baptism and Eucharist. In the Archdiocese of Sydney Confirmation is received after first Eucharist when the child is in Year 6 or older. Like Baptism, Confirmation is only received once, whereas Eucharist is received over and over every week.

Confirmation Preparation Program

The Sacraments are a wonderful gift to us from God inviting us into deeper intimacy. So that children can gain the full benefit of the experience, the preparation is vitally important. All children will participate in a series of preparation sessions prior to the event (dates below). If your child has extracurricular activities on the days for the preparation classes, please be sure to give the various coaches/instructors notice well ahead of time that your child will be attending the Sacrament Preparation classes on those days.

Sponsors

The Sacrament of Confirmation requires the candidate to choose a person to be their sponsor. This person cannot be their parent, must be at least 16 years of age and a confirmed Catholic who is a witness to the faith. As Confirmation is linked to Baptism, ideally the sponsor would be one of your child’s godparents. If this is not possible, another sponsor may be chosen.

Confirmation Ceremony

The Confirmation Ceremony takes approximately 1.5 hours and is followed by a group photograph with the Bishop. Families are then free to leave to celebrate further.
Children are not required to buy special outfits for the Sacrament, however they are required to dress appropriately. A general guide is how they would dress to attend a family wedding. Boys should be in long trousers (not jeans), dark shoes (not runners), collared shirt. A tie is appropriate but not essential. Girls should be in a knee or ankle length dress or slacks (not jeans), with hair neatly arranged. No runners.

Enrolment

A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required as well as the permission of both parents. Please enroll by completing a Registration for Confirmation, or if you prefer, visit the parish office where your details will be entered for you.

We will contact you with to confirm your registration once we have received it. You will be required to attend the parent briefing session with Father Sam Lynch to familiarise yourself with the process and how you can support your child as they prepare. Details for the parent briefing session are as followed:

When: Saturday 27th of July 2019 at 5pm.
Venue: St Patrick’s Hall, Prospect Rd, Summer Hill

Cost

There are substantial expenses incurred by the parish in running the Sacrament program including administration, teaching resources, print materials and refreshments.
The cost per child is $25, payable at the time of enrolment. No child however will ever be denied the opportunity to receive the Sacraments due to financial limitations. Families in difficult financial circumstances should contact the parish office to discuss their situation confidentially. Payment may be made in cash/cheque at the parish office, online via EFT or at the parents briefing session.

Key Dates

Confirmation:
Saturday 31st August 2019 .The celebrant for 2019 will be Bishop Terrence Brady. The ceremony for both Parishes will be at St Thomas of Canterbury Lewisham.

Preparation Sessions: 
Week 1: 5pm Saturday 3rd August (St Patrick’s Summer Hill)
Week 2: 5pm Saturday 10th August (St Patrick’s Summer Hill)
Week 3: 5pm Saturday 17th August (St Patrick’s Summer Hill)
Week 4: 5pm Saturday 24th August (St Patrick’s Summer Hill)
Week 5: 7pm Friday 30th August (Rehearsal at St Thomas of Canterbury, Lewisham)
11am Saturday 31st August (Ceremony at St Thomas of Canterbury, Lewisham)