The next Confirmations will be on Friday 14th September 2018. Further information will be available in the new year or contact Fr John.
Confirmation is the completion of what was begun at Baptismal initiation. At Confirmation we open ourselves up to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and accept our calling to lead a full Christian life for God and our neighbour in the service of Jesus Christ and his Church.
There is a tradition in the Church of speaking about the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. This custom can be traced to Isaiah 11:1-3 which sets down the following gifts:
- Wisdom – seeing God in all things
- Understanding – knowing how we are called to live as a friend of Jesus Christ
- Right Judgement – knowing the difference between right and wrong
- Courage – standing up for what is right
- Knowledge – knowing Jesus helps us to choose the right path in life
- Reverence – respect for God and the whole of creation
- Wonder and Awe – being in love with God
The Christian life is all its aspects is the first gift of the Holy Spirit – each person has special gifts which the Holy Spirit uses for the good of others.