Ceremony 2021 Guidelines
As you know due to pandemic a lot of restrictions are in place. In order to ensure that everyone coming for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation is safe, we have put in place some guidelines. Please take your time to read through the details below and if you have any question or concerns our parish contact details are at the end of this page.
What will my child wear on the day of Confirmation?
Due to Pandemic confirmation candidates will NOT be wearing robes this year. Dress well for the occasion and appropriate for the Church setting.
How many people can we bring along?
The candidate, sponsor (if the sponsor lives with the candidate) and one parent. If the sponsor doesn’t live in the same household as the candidate a parent can stand in for the sponsor at the ceremony. So in total TWO people with each candidate. We had hoped the Government would ease the restrictions to allow us to have more in the Church but are limited to just 50. We encourage others to follow the ceremony via our parish webcam or on our Facebook page.
Do we bring anything on the day?
Yes, please bring half A4 sheet of paper with the first name and Confirmation name of the child to be confirmed.
Are we going to bring a Candle?
No need as we will only use the Paschal candle. We want to minimize risk associated with hand sanitizer and flame.
Will there be a Mass?
There will be no Mass but just the confirmation Liturgy.
What time will the ceremony start ?
The ceremony will start at either 11:00am or 1:00pm depending on which ceremony your child is scheduled to attend.
How long will the ceremony last?
We hope it will not be more than 30mins. We encourage you to be on time. We also encourage you not to stay back to chat in the church at the end of the ceremony because we will be cleaning and airing the church in preparation for next ceremony.
Will confirmation Candidates take part in reading and prayers of the faithful?
No the confirmation candidates will not take part in readings or prayers of the faithful. Our parish regular readers will look after this just to minimize number of people using the microphone.
Will the Confirmation children be singing at the ceremony
Unfortunately, there will be no singing but music will be played.
Will Confirmation children be bringing up symbols or offertory gifts
There will be no bringing up of symbols for the ceremony and due to the pandemic we will not have offertory procession either. Symbols will already be placed in the scared space before we start the celebration. This is to limit surfaces being touched by multiple people.
Do we need to do anything before the day?
- Yes, you need to fill out registration form online on our parish website. https://www.lucansouthparish.net/index.php/confirmation-registration/
- You need to have discussion with your child about Confirmation and what it means.
- There will be no practise but we hope to explain how the ceremony will go before it starts.
- Download / print out the confirmation booklet and go through the responses with your child.
Can we take pictures during the ceremony?
No. Please due to GDPR and to avoid distractions, we ask you not to take pictures during the ceremony. You can however take pictures after the ceremony, but we request you do not climb the altar for this purpose.
What safety measures will be put in place?
- Doors will be held open to reduce the need for people to touch surfaces such as door handles.
- The clergy, sacristan, stewards and parish team will be wearing masks.
- We recommend everyone coming into the church should wear a mask.
- Everyone will have to use the provided hand sanitizers as they enter the Church.
- There will be a one way system and social distancing in operation in the Church, assisted by our stewards.
- All seat assignments will be 2 metres apart.
- During the celebration front and back doors will remain open (weather permitting) to allow for better ventilation.
- Surfaces which may have been touched will be sanitised afterwards.
Can I still use the toilet facilities at the Church?
Unfortunately, due to the risk of infection, there will be no access to the toilets in the Church and they will be locked.
What are the contact details for the parish office?
Please if you have any question or concern do not hesitate to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us: 01 4572900
Confirmation in the faith
Confirmation celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the Acts of the Apostles chapter 2, verses 1 to 13, we read of the Apostles receiving the Holy Spirit. They had been hiding after Jesus’ death, afraid and uncertain. The coming of the Holy Spirit with his gifts inspired them and enabled them to take the step of preaching the good news.
We are made members of God’s family at Baptism. At Confirmation, our Baptism is completed or “sealed” by the Holy Spirit and we are called to be Christian witnesses, just like the apostles. The whole of our Christian living and the life of the Church, too, are sustained by the same Spirit.
Who Can Receive?
Any baptised Catholic wishing to advance on the path of developing their faith. For young people, this is usually part of the 5th/6th class primary school programme.
For adults who were not confirmed as children, it means taking part in the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
A sponsor stands behind the candidate for Confirmation at the Confirmation ceremony and places their hand on the shoulder of the candidate as a sign that they will support them in living out their baptismal promises. However, the role of the sponsor is not just for one day. The sponsor undertakes to assist the confirmed person in growing in the fullness of their faith and in their membership of the Catholic Church.
A person qualifies as a sponsor by being a reasonably mature adult, who is at least 16 years old, and has already received the Sacraments of Initiation, (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) themselves. The Confirmation sponsor may be one of the people who was a sponsor at Baptism (subject to the notes here).
Choosing a sponsor
(Ref. Code of Canon Law §874) To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must:
- be appointed by the candidate, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister; to be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it;
- be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made;
- be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;
- not labor under a canonical penalty, whether imposed or declared;
- not be either the father or the mother of the candidate.
The tradition of taking a new name at Confirmation emphasises the new identity of a Christian being called to witness to their faith. People are encouraged to take the name of a saint or a person from the Bible who inspires them in some way.
The oil used is called the Oil of Chrism. It is olive oil mixed with balsam that is blessed by the bishop and priests of the diocese in the Cathedral at the ‘Chrism Mass’ on Holy Thursday. The Sacrament is conferred with the anointing with this ‘Oil of Chrism’ on the forehead as the Bishop says ‘Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit’.