When Pentecost day came round, the apostles had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit
In 2017 Bishop Marcus lowered the age when our young people will be confirmed. The practice is now for Confirmation to take place during Year 6.
In this transition year, those in secondary school who have not as yet been confirmed will be prepared as will years 5-6. The Bishop has agreed that parish priests can, in this year of very large numbers throughout the diocese, celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation in the parish.
Fr Bernard recently received a letter from Bishop Marcus granting him “The faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to those candidates who have been suitably and properly instructed in accordance with Canon 889 and 890 of the Code of Canon Law during the celebration of Mass on Sunday 8th July 2018 and Sunday 25th November 2018.”
My overall vision for the formation of the Catholic children and young people in the diocese is, I hope, simple and clear. In the primary years of education we should try to help our children learn to know the person of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to listen to and speak to Him in prayer, and to develop a personal loving relationship with Him.
The age at which the Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred will change from the age of 14 to the age of 11; that is from Year 9 in school to Year 6, the last year of primary education.