Sacrament of Confirmation 2021The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in Term 2 of the school year. Young people in Year 6 or above, and who have received First Communion can participate. If your child has not made their First Communion, please contact the Sacramental Coordinator at the Parish Office asap. There are three group lessons which every child attends with a parent/guardian. These groups help strengthen the connection of the candidates to the wider church. Preparation includes weekly Mass attendance and a Retreat Day, which includes Confirmation Mass practice. All elements of the program are compulsory.Stage 1 of the enrolment is completed online through a link on the home page of the Parish website. Enrolments open on 20th Feb and close on 6th March. Stage 2 of the enrolment (deadline 17 March) is completed by:· Making the financial contribution OR emailing the Parish Office to request an exemption.· Providing a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate OR ensuring your child’s Baptismal certificate is on file from a previous sacrament. NOTE: If your child was not baptised in one of the four Parishes of Sydney Harbour North or we don’t have a copy of their Baptismal certificate on file, we will need a copy of the baptismal certificate.The program offered is parish-based and family centred with the following elements:1. FAMILY EVENING: Wednesday 17th March, 5pm & 6.30pm LIVE on ZOOM. Please note that a parent must sit at the computer with the child for the whole session. The Family evening will provide information to children and parents about the program as children and parents will go on this faith journey together which is why it is expected that both candidates and one parent attend. 2. SUNDAY MASS ATTENDANCE/COMMITMENT MASS: The arrangements for this will be decided in due course according to NSW Health restrictions. 3. THREE LARGE ZOOM GROUP SESSIONS: Children will also work through the Activity book at home with their parents. A parent MUST sit at the computer with their child during the ZOOM lessons.Lesson 1: Tues 20th April on ZOOM choose either 5pm OR 6.30pm.Lesson 2: Wed 28th April on ZOOM choose either 5pm OR 6.30pm.Lesson 3: Tues 4th May on ZOOM choose either 5pm OR 6.30pm. Collection of Activity Book: Sacred Heart and Blessed Sacrament School children will receive their activity book from their classroom teacher during school time. All candidates who do NOT attend our two Parish schools will be required to collect the activity book from the PARISH HALL on 17th March from 8am-4.30pm. 4. RETREAT DAY: We would like to have a retreat day on Tuesday 11th May (8.45am-2.45pm) at Sacred Heart Church and Primary School, however, this will be assessed closer to the date. Parents are responsible for ensuring appropriate medications, epipens and medical action plans are sent with their child on the day and handed in to the Sacramental Co-ordinator.5. CREED MASS: Weekend of 15/16 May: The arrangements for this will be decided closer to the date according to NSW Health restrictions. Candidates will be presented with the Creed and asked to profess their faith at any of the 8 Sunday or Saturday Vigil Masses.6. RITE OF RECONCILIATION: The arrangements for this will be decided in due course according to NSW Health restrictions. 7. CONFIRMATION CEREMONIES:Tuesday 25th May 5.30pm & 7pm Blessed Sacrament Church Clifton Gardens Thursday 27th May 5.30pm & 7pm Sacred Heart Church MosmanFriday 28th May 5.30pm & 7pm Sacred Heart Church MosmanPlease contact Thomas Dabbah, Sacramental Co-ordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 89693202 should you have any questions. IMPORTANT INFORMATIONThe final Saint name and sponsor name is DUE by Lesson 2 (28th April). A Google form will be emailed to parents to submit the information. These names cannot be changed after 28th April. SAINT NAME: Candidates will be asked to choose a Saint name for Confirmation. The saint they choose must be someone whom they admire for the way they lived their life. It may be one of their baptismal names. Candidates should be mindful to pick only one name. Candidates will write a 1-2 page report on the life of their chosen saint and what qualities they admire about them. This task needs to be submitted at Lesson 2 on April 28th. It can be typed or hand-written. These questions can guide the writing of the report:What is the name of the saint you have chosen?Write a short biography.Why did you choose this saint? What did they do? What qualities did they have?What did you find inspiring about their faith journey? How were they a witness to Jesus?How did they react when things went wrong? Candidates must choose famous saints that they can locate sufficient research information about in order to complete the resarch task. Your final saint name is due (via Google Form) by April 28th and your research task is due (hardcopy) at Lesson 2 April 28th. COMMUNITY SERVICE: Candidates will be asked to complete one hour of Community Service as a sign of Christian witness. This service needs to be organised and supervised by parents. Ideas include:Mowing your neighbour’s lawn.Doing extra housework.Spending extra time with elderly grandparents or neighbours.Volunteering with vinnies.Helping at Mass.Any other act of Christian service.Candidates must fill out the community service log and have it signed by their parents and/or supervisor. This must be submitted at (Lesson 2 April 28th). SPONSOR: Candidates must select a sponsor for Confirmation who is a practising Catholic, over 16 years old who has made all their sacraments. The final sponsor’s name must be provided by April 28th. Sponsor’s Letter: Many years ago the Sponsor and Candidate shared a strong bond of faith as the newcomer sought to grow in Christian life and the sponsor walked the path of growth as a fellow pilgrim on the faith journey. In order to help develop some sense of faith sharing in this process, we would like to invite you to take the time to give the child you are sponsoring the gift of your personal perspective by writing a brief letter. The sponsor’s letter is optional and should you choose to write a letter we suggest it is given to the candidate after the Confirmation Ceremony. Some points to think about in this letter include:Fond memories of this child growing up.Special qualities you see in him/her.People who have influenced your life.What it means to be a good Christian.Ways that being a Christian has helped you.Memories of your own preparation for Confirmation.What helps you to keep believing in God.A promise to pray for this child.Some of your hopes and dreams for him/her.We hope that you like this idea and even if you find it challenging, you will realise that this can be very special for the child who has chosen you as their sponsor. During the ceremony: Sponsors, when you move forward to the Bishop/Presider with your candidate please stand slighly behind and to the left of your candidate and place your right hand on his/her right shoulder from the moment the child kneels before the Bishop/Presider, until the Bishop/Presider has completed his prayer over the child.