Event - Confirmation

23 October 2019

"Confirmation strengthens us to defend the faith and to spread the Gospel courageously." Pope Francis

On the evening of Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 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.

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.

A Commitment Mass 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, Canon David Evans 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 felt holy and blessed to become an adult in the church."
  • "I felt joyful when my friends received the gift of the Holy Spirit."
  • "It was a pleasure to meet Canon Evans."