Sacramental Programme – The Sacrament of Confirmation

“Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire!”

St Catherine of Siena

Confirmation provides the opportunity for a person to publicly make their own profession of faith and receive the final Rite of Initiation into the Church.

They are anointed and sealed with the power of the Holy Spirit so that they will be able to live as a disciple of Christ.

​Our annual programme is mainly aimed at Year 8 students and above

Other opportunities can be organised for adults to receive this Sacrament by contacting the Parish.

“In Confirmation the soul of a baptised Christian is imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once and marks this individual forever as a Christian. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the strength from above in which this individual puts the grace of their Baptism into practice through their life and acts as a ‘witness’ for Christ.”

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Confirmation Programme 2021

Please place these dates in your calendar

Enrolment Mass & introduction Session

Tuesday 16 March
St Matthew’s Church (108 Jeffreys Road, Strowan)
6:30 pm – 8 pm

Candidates & Parents are required here.

We begin the programme with an enrolment with all confirmation candidates and their parents. This is followed by the introduction session where the team is introduced.


Presentation of the Candidates & Lesson 1

Sunday 28th March (Palm Sunday)
St Matthew’s Church (108 Jeffreys Road, Strowan)
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Candidates and Parents are required here.

During the Palm Sunday Mass, the confirmation candidates are called by name during Mass and presented to the Parish Community in a formal presentation ceremony.

Lesson 1 is then explored after Mass in the Church Hall.

Sunday Mass & Lesson 2

Sunday 11th April – Christ the King Church (90 Greers Road, Burnsisde)
11 am – 1:30 pm

Candidates and Parents are required at Sunday Mass while only the candidates are needed for the lesson. (Candidates – please bring your own lunch.)

The candidates explore the Saints in lesson two.

Lesson 3

Wednesday 5th May – St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre (4 Vagues Road, Papanui)
7 pm – 8:30 pm

Only the candidates are required for this lesson

It is in this lesson that the candidates break open the Creed.

Retreat Day

Sunday 16th May
10 am – 3:30 pm

Candidates and Sponsors are required at this retreat day.

At this retreat day, the candidates and sponsors explore the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. They will also look at how Confirmation is celebrated and why the Oil of Chrism is important.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be explained as this will be celebrated so that the candidates are spiritually prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

More information will be provided closer to the time.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Wednesday 19th May – St Gregory’s Church (26 Cotswold Ave, Bishopdale)
7 pm – 8 pm

Candidates are reqiured for this celebration of Reconciliation. Sponsors are also encourgaed to come and spiritually prepare alongside the candidates.

Practise for Confirmation

Friday 21st May – Christ the King Church (90 Greers Road, Burnside)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Candidates and sponsors are required at this practise. Parents are most welcome to join.

It is here that the practicals of the Confirmation Mass is explained.

Confirmation Mass

Sunday 23rd May – Christ the King Church (90 Greers Road, Burnside)
Time – To Be Confirmed

The Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Paul Martin on this date which is also Pentecost Sunday

Time – To Be Confirmed

The Presentation of the Certificates will presented after Mass, and also there will be a photo opportunity made available after Mass.

Enrolments for Confirmation 2021 are now closed

The Confirmation programme has now started, and registrations are now closed.




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