Event - Confirmation

25 October 2018

On the evening of Thursday 25th October 2018, 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 Bishop Philip Pargeter as main celebrant on this momentous occasion.

The preparation began with a meeting for parents with Mrs Buck 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 followed by a mass of commitment, which was 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 to pray 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 prayerful manner and the singing was outstanding, particularly the harmonies.

During the ceremony, the Bishop 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:

  • "It was a special moment because we now have the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit."
  • "I was proud to be a Confirmandi as it was an honour meeting the Bishop"
  • "It was good as we were able to support our friends on their journey of faith."

Our display in church.
 
Bishop talking to children in class.

Induction to Mass.
 
The Responsorial Psalm.

Year 6, sang 'God has chosen me.'
 
Confirmandi with Bishop Pargeter.

Whole school Thanksgiving Mass.
 
Receiving Confirmation certificates from Fr Soji.