Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is one of three Sacraments of Initiation which includes Baptism and Eucharist.

“Those who have been baptised continue on the path of Christian initiation through the Sacrament of Confirmation. In this way, they receive the Holy Spirit, conforming them more perfectly to Christ and strengthening them so that they may bear witness to Christ for the building up of his body in faith and love.” (Rite of Confirmation, nn. 1-2)

In the Archdiocese of Sydney Confirmation is received after First Eucharist when the child is in Year Five (5) and Year Six (6) or older. Like Baptism, Confirmation is only received once, whereas Eucharist is received over and over every week.

People normally receive their Sacraments in the Parish where they live. However, requests may be made for Confirmation at Mary Immaculate Church, Waverley. Confirmation of those who do not live within the Waverley Parish requires permission of the Parish Priest of their local Parish. Your child cannot complete this Sacrament without permission from your local Parish.


Prerequisites:

  • Candidates are in Year 6 or above at school.
  • Attend Mary Immaculate Church on a regular basis.
  • Candidates have been baptised and celebrated their First Reconciliation & First Eucharist. A copy of all celebrated Sacraments provided with enrolment form if not completed at St Charles Borromeo Parish.
  • Attendance at the Information Night by the Candidate and at least one parent/carer is mandatory.

Key Dates for 2021

  • Parent Information Evening: Wednesday, 28th April @ 6.30pm via Zoom (link below)
  • Commitment Mass for all candidates: Wednesday 9th June at 11.30am to 12:30pm (St Charles’, Waverley College Junior School, Waverley College, St Clares’ and Parish students).
  • Confirmation Spirituality / Training day: Wednesday 16th June at 9am to 12:30pm at Mary Immaculate Parish Hall.
  • Sacrament of Confirmation:
    • Saturday 19th June from 4pm- 6.30pm: St Charles’ Catholic Primary School students, Yr 6 2021, Yr 6 2020 (Yr 7 2021) 
    • Sunday 20th June from 1pm- 3.30pm:  Waverley College Junior School and Waverley College students Yr 6 2021 and Yr 6 2020 (Yr 7 2021) and Mary Immaculate Church Parish Students 

Unfortunately, we will be unable to change your allocated date due to maintaining the designated number for each ceremony.

We understand the great significance of other relatives and grandparents being a part of this special celebration, however, due to the current guidelines, only 1 parent/ carer, the candidate’s sponsor and the candidate are able to attend the celebration.


Parent Information Night

The Parent Information Evening will be held on Wednesday, 28th April @ 6.30pm however, it will no longer be a face-to-face meeting. It will be a zoom meeting starting at 6.30pm. This is the link required for the Information Evening.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://scscatholic.zoom.us/j/94475899936?pwd=c0NRcHYyTXBJU0xFaEVpbkNFellIdz09
Password: 877622

Parents and Candidates are introduced to the Sacrament and are briefed on working together through the resource material provided. 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.

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 unavoidable commitment, please contact the Sacraments coordinator so that alternative instruction can be arranged.


Enrolment

Complete Enrolment here by 28 April 2021: Online Confirmation Enrolment Form 

Please note all past and present students need to complete this form, confirming their enrolment in the Sacramental Program.

A copy of the child’s Baptism, Reconciliation & Eucharist certificates are required as well as the permission of both parents. Please note, students at St Charles Primary School may enrol and pay through the School office.

If you do not attend Mary Immaculate Church on a regular basis or you attend another Parish, you will need to contact the Parish Office. We cannot guarantee a place for your child. Permission from your local Parish Priest is required with enrolment.


Cost

The cost per child is $30 and is payable at the time of enrolment: https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=730163.

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.


Workbook Collection

Once you have completed the Google form and made payment via Tribooking, please collect your Workbook.

  • St Charles’ current students will receive their workbooks from their classroom teacher. 
  • St Charles’ past students should collect their workbooks from the St Charles’ front office. (Name is on the workbook from last year)
  • Parish students should collect their workbooks from the St Charles’ front office.
  • Waverley College Junior School and Waverley College students should see Mr Stephen Ghattas for their workbook collection.

Workbook Completion

  • St Charles’ students will complete these books as part of their homework and will need to return them to their classroom teacher on the allocated homework dates.
  • Waverley College Junior School and Waverley College students will complete their workbook with Mr Stephen Ghattas as part of homework and is required to be handed in on the set dates which will be attached to the workbook.
  • St Charles’ past students will complete this book independently at home. Please ensure you complete the whole workbook before the Sacrament on Sunday 20th June.
  • Parish students are to complete this workbook in their own time. Please ensure you complete the whole workbook before the Sacrament on Sunday 20th June.

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 

Sacrament of Confirmation:

  • Saturday 19th June from 4pm- 6.30pm: St Charles’ Catholic Primary School students, Yr 6 2021, Yr 6 2020 (Yr 7 2021) 
  • Sunday 20th June from 1pm- 3.30pm:  Waverley College Junior School and Waverley College students Yr 6 2021 and Yr 6 2020 (Yr 7 2021) and Mary Immaculate Church Parish Students 

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and Government regulations, the Sacrament of Confirmation for the St Charles’ Catholic School students will be held separately to those of the Waverley College and Parish students.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to change your allocated date due to maintaining the designated number for each ceremony. We understand the great significance of other relatives and grandparents being a part of this special celebration, however, due to the current guidelines, only 1 parent/ carer, the candidate’s sponsor and the candidate are able to attend the celebration.

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.

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.


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