St Eugene’s Cathedral
Francis Street, Derry
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The Sacrament of Confirmation confirms the presence of the Holy Spirit in each one of us. The word 'confirmation' comes from the two root words - 'to firm up' and 'in community'.
In the sacrament of Confirmation, in the presence of your family and your parish community, you are confirmed in your role as a witness to Christ in the world today.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments - baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, marriage and holy orders.
Confirmation, focuses is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them courage to practice their faith. We believe that the Holy Spirit confirms us during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives us the same gifts as the apostles.
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (courage), knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. The 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity - human qualities that can be activated by the Holy Spirit.
To help prepare you and your family for your Confirmation, the three part 'Come Holy Spirit' video series below have been created to guide and explain the importance of this sacrament and the responsibilities and gifts that it brings.
In this three part video series, Come Holy Spirit, Eleanor and Johanna guide us through the various stages of preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation; why the Holy Spirit is so important in our lives, the gifts the Holy Spirit brings to each one of us and important considerations such as choosing a Confirmation name and a sponsor.
This video and worksheet series has been developed to help and guide parents/guardians and children to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
In lesson 1, Eleanor and Johanna focus on the Holy Spirit and the difference it makes in our lives as well as:
In this second lesson, Eleanor and Johanna look at the seven gifts and the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
In this final episode, Eleanor and Johanna look at choosing Confirmation names and sponsors and the Confirmation ceremony itself.
The four parts of the Confirmation Ceremony are explored: