Event - Year 6 Confirmation

24 November 2016

On the evening of Thursday 24th November 2016, the school community joined together as one at St Gerard's church to witness the Year 6 confirmandi become full members of the Church through the sacrament of confirmation. We were extremely privileged to have Archbishop Bernard Longley as main celebrant on this momentous occasion.

The preparation began with a meeting for parents with Mr Hird and Mr Crehan, where they were given the opportunity to find out more about the sacrament itself and then to discuss the programme which their children would follow.

This was followed by two masses of commitment which were prepared for and led by the children along with the parish community. This showed that both parents and confirmandi were committed to take on the responsibilities placed before them. Photographs of the children were displayed in the church so that members of the parish knew who they were praying for.

After many months of preparation, all of the children received the sacrament with thought and reverence, and were a credit to both their families and St Gerard's school. The readings were carried out in a very prayerful manner and the singing was outstanding.

During the ceremony, the Archbishop called down the Holy Spirit to be with the children and to guide them on their journeys of faith. We pray that their commitment to the church will continue to grow, so that they may be witnesses of God's eternal love throughout the world.

Children from Year 6 said:

"I got to meet the Archbishop and I felt privileged to have been confirmed by him" – Jack.

"Confirmation has changed my life because now I'm an adult in the church's eyes and I am very proud to have been confirmed by the Archbishop" – Katie.

Year 6 celebrating mass.

Our display in church.
Our confirmandi of 2016.

Year 6 confirmation folders were presented to the Archbishop.
Year 6 with Archbishop Longley and Fr Soji.

Year 6 sang a song called 'Come Holy Spirit.'
A message for our special day.

We were very honoured to meet Archbishop Longley.