SACRAMENTAL UPDATE

Confirmation – Registrations closed on the 6th of September 2020.

Could you kindly lock in all these dates in your calendars.

Sacrament of Confirmation – Wednesday, 18 November 2020 at 7.00pm  at St Peter Chanel & St Joseph Parish, Berala by The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher, Archbishop of Sydney

Mass and Commitment ceremony for Parents and the candidates:  19 September 2020 at 7.00pm. (Kindly note, this is a special mass organised just for the Confirmation children and their families. Thanks to Fr Thomas for making this personal and possible). 

Classes: 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, and 04 Nov – Wednesday @ 7.00pm – 8.00pm.

As we come closer to the preparations of this sacrament, may you be drawn closer to God and know that he will indeed As you await, continue to dwell on the below message and see what God is speaking to you.  “Jesus commanded us to “WAIT for the promise of the Father”. Just like the apostles did at Pentecost, as you wait for this day to draw near let your waiting be active, active in prayer and preparation and in return know that, the Holy Spirit will guide your way and help you to grow stronger in your faith and love each day”.                                                                                                                                

We the sacramental team are working towards the preparations of this program and looking forward to guiding each one of you on this journey.   Let’s remind ourselves that, in this waiting we will bear much fruit.

Please feel free to contact me via email to sacraments@stpeter-stjoseph.org.au if you need further information. 

Have a blessed Sunday!                       

~Sophia Brewty, Sacramental Co-ordinator


The sacrament of confirmation completes the sacrament of baptism. If baptism is the sacrament of re-birth to a new and supernatural life, confir- mation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. The real confession of Christ consist in this ‘that the whole man submits himself to Truth, in the judgment of his understanding, in the submission of his will and in the consecration of his whole power of love . . . To do this, poor-spirited man is only able when he has been confirmed by God’s grace’

This confirmation in the power of the Holy Spirit leading to a firm profession of faith has always been the particular effect which Catholic tradition has ascribed to the sacrament. It is effect which complements and completes that of baptism.


THE CHURCH TEACHES:
Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.