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Parish based programs for the Sacraments of Confirmation, First Eucharist and Penance are held each year. Confirmation is offered to children who are in Year 3 and up to/including Year 6 in the Queensland Education System. First Eucharist is offered to children who are in Year 4 and up to/including Year 6 in the Queensland Education System who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Penance is offered to children in Year 5 and above who have received the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist. The children journeying toward full initiation into the Catholic faith are prepared for these Sacraments within the family and supported by the worshipping Catholic Community.

The programs are designed for the family with their child to gain knowledge about the Catholic faith and to immerse themselves into the practice of the Catholic faith. The family and child will be encouraged to develop a close relationship with Jesus Christ and to connect with his message. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated by our Bishops. First Holy Communion is celebrated during Sunday Mass. The family will be introduced to the Sacrament of Penance through the rite of reconciliation which provides an experience of the love and the forgiveness that God has for us.

The post sacramental program provides the young person with opportunities for assisting at the Altar as an Altar Server, participation in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9am Sunday Mass.

To follow up with these, or any other questions, contact the parish office. The parish office staff will put you in touch with either the parish priest or another suitable person who will assist you in the process of your child’s Confirmation.

Who can be confirmed?

Any baptised person can be admitted for Confirmation preparation.

Confirmation Name

Choosing a Confirmation name has never been an official part of the sacrament, although it has been a popular custom in many places.

Our given names are a very important part of our identity. Parents put a lot of thought into choosing a child’s name. It is appropriate for a candidate to confirm the name given at Baptism.

If a saint’s name is chosen, it should be a name of a saint that inspires the child. Choosing a Confirmation name helps put us in contact with our greater Christian story.

Who should I choose as a sponsor?

Confirmation is a reaffirmation of the promises made at Baptism, therefore the Church recommends that a child’s godparent take on the role of sponsor for Confirmation.

Sponsors should be: at least 16 years old, not the child’s parent, a Catholic who has been confirmed, receives Communion and who lives a life of faith.

What is the responsibility of the sponsor?

Since a sponsor has such a significant role to play in the development of the candidate for Confirmation, it is important that this person be one who is a living example of faith, one whose actions reflect the actions of Jesus. A Confirmation sponsor offers support and encouragement during the Confirmation preparation process.

During the Confirmation ceremony sponsors bring the candidates forward and present them to the bishop.

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