The children from Scoil Treasa Naofa, St. Catherine’s and Griffith Barracks will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday March 10th at 11 a.m.  The main celebrant will be Monsignor Paul Callan.

What happens in Confirmation?

The Sacrament of Confirmation marks us as a full member of the Catholic Church.  In Confirmation the soul of a baptised Christian is imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once and marks this individual for ever as a Christian. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the strength from above in which this individual puts the grace of his Baptism into practice through his life and acts as a “witness” for Christ.

What are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit?

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. With these the Holy Spirit “endows” Christians, in other words, he grants them particular powers that go beyond their natural aptitudes and gives them the opportunity to become God’s special instruments in this world.

What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit?

The fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity. In the fruits of the Holy Spirit the world can see what becomes of people who let themselves be adopted, led and completely formed by God. The fruits of the Holy Spirit show that God really plays a role in the life of Christians.

(Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.