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. Confirmations are held every two years, therefore the next Sacrament of Confirmation will be held in 2018, then 2020 and so on…

 Key Dates for 2018

  • Enrolments Close: Wednesday, 2 May 2018. Enrolment is now closed.
  • Parent Information Night: Wednesday, 2 May 7:00pm at St Charles’ Primary School Hall
  • Commitment Mass: Thursday, 10 May 6:30pm at Mary Immaculate Church, Waverley
  • Commitment Training: Thursday, 31 May 11:30am-12:30pm at Mary Immaculate Church, Waverley
  • Confirmation Ceremony: Sunday, 17 June 2018 at 12:30pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney

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. Children who attend St Charles’ Primary School will attend preparation classes during school hours. Those in the Parish but children who do not attend St Charles’ Primary School should contact the Parish Centre for information about the programme.

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. If you have an avoidable commitment, please contact the Sacraments coordinator so that alternative instruction can be arranged.

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.

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, Reconciliation & Eucharist certificates are required as well as the permission of both parents. Please click on this link for the Confirmation Enrolment Form to download and send the Parish Centre via email or post. Please note, students at St Charles Primary School may enrol and pay through the School office.

Cost
The cost per child is $30 per candidate and is payable at the time of enrolment either to the Parish house during office hours, or at the parent Information session. No child 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.

Please contact the Parish Secretary on (02) 9369 9399 or office@waverleycatholic.org.au if you need any more information otherwise St Charles’ Primary School on (02) 9387 3845.