© The parish of St Mary and St Paul
Parish of St Mary and St Paul
Confirmation strengthens (“confirms”) the baptised soul.
The bishop lays his hands on the one who is to be confirmed and pronounces the solemn words, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”, anointing the forehead at the same time with the oil of Chrism.
Confirmation confers a particular grace, fortifying the soul to bear a greater witness to the faith than before (cfr Acts 1,8). At Confirmation, which usually takes place during Mass at or around the feast of Pentecost (the commemoration of the Holy Spirit’s descent on Our Lady and the apostles), it is customary to pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, piety, fortitude and fear of the Lord.
Confirmation at St Mary’s and St Paul’s
Denise Poplaowsky coordinates the confirmation programmes at St Mary’s and St Paul’s. Confirmations take place every year. For information about the confirmation programme at St Mary’s please contact Fr Oliver.