"The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us." - Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
One of the three Sacraments of Initiation into the Church is Confirmation (along with Baptism and the Eucharist). In the Diocese of Hamilton, Confirmation for those who were baptized as children takes place in Grade 7. See information below for registration, preparation requirements and upcoming dates.
Registration information: Parents/Guardians are asked to attend an information session on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. You are required to hand in the filled in registration form along with a copy of the candidate’s baptism certificate.
Eastern Rite Catholics: Normally Eastern Rite Catholics were confirmed at the time of their Baptism. Confirmation can only be celebrated once. But, for students in Grade 7 in any of our parish schools, they are welcome to take part in the Confirmation celebration and to receive a blessing from the bishop. Please let us know if you plan to attend the Confirmation celebration.
Candidates in Public/Private School: Parishioners in public/private schools within our parish are asked to attend a parish preparation program. It consists of 5 evening sessions. Candidates will also take part in an Enrollment Ceremony at one of our regular parish Masses. Please contact the parish office in the Fall to register for this program.
Candidates in one of our parish Catholic schools: Following registration, the following preparation events are planned.
Parents and Candidate Retreat: The retreat is about two hours and concludes with the regular parish Mass on Saturday at 5pm or Sunday at 7pm. See dates for these retreats for your school below:
- St. John Paul II School: Saturday, February 4, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- St. Joan of Arc School: Saturday, January 21, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- St. Mary School: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- St. Matthew School: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- St. Bernadette School: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- St. Mother Teresa School: Sunday, January 22, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Rite of Enrollment: This will take place at the Mass following the retreat. Candidates will be called forward during the Mass as a group to renew their baptismal promises and the whole parish will begin praying for them.
Mass at the Cathedral: All grade 7 students in our parish schools will come by bus to the Cathedral in Hamilton for a Mass in preparation for Confirmation. Parents are invited to attend. Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Cathedral of Christ the King, Hamilton.
Dates of Confirmation Celebrations:
- Friday, February 10, 2017
- 7:30 p.m. - St. John Paul II School and St. Joan of Arc
- Saturday, February 11, 2017
- 10:30 a.m. - St. Matthew School and St. Mary School
- 2:00 p.m. - St. Bernadette
- Friday February 17, 2017
- 7:30 p.m. - Mother Teresa School and Public/Private
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