This sacrament completes the process of initiation into the Catholic Church and involves the outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that the Christian life can be lived out maturely. The ordinary minister of the sacrament is the bishop.
In the diocese of Westminster Confirmation normally takes place when the candidate is in Year 9 or above. Candidates must be baptised and be serious about becoming ‘adult’ Christians. It is customary to choose a Confirmation name (the name of a saint) and a sponsor, who should be a confirmed Catholic over 16 in good standing with the Church (and not a parent!).
Due to small numbers, Confirmation is currently celebrated every two years. Please watch out for announcements in the newsletter!