Sacraments of Initiation

The last couple of years have seen a change in the way that the Sacraments of Initiation (Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation) have been celebrated. Under the direction of Archbishop Kelly the preparation for these sacraments was to occur in the Parish (no longer through the School) for children aged 9 (Year 4 of the school year.) All three sacraments are to be celebrated at this age – Reconciliation during Advent, and Holy Communion and Confirmation at the same mass during Eastertide. In order to facilitate this, the faculty to Confirm has been granted to Parish Priests on this occasion only – all other Confirmations continue to be conferred by the Bishop.

Anyone wishing to be Confirmed above the age of 9 should submit themselves to the Parish Priest for him to arrange for the candidate to be Confirmed before the Bishop, normally at the Cathedral.

With the arrival of Archbishop McMahon a review is currently taking place concerning the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, in particular the way in which Confirmation is celebrated.  Whilst we continue with the current process for the coming year, Archbishop McMahon may change how we currently celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation.