CONFIRMATION ARRANGEMENTS 2016-2017
We will be joining with Our Lady Immaculate parish in Tolworth for the Confirmation programme for teenagers who wish to be confirmed in 2017. The programme will begin on Tuesday 17 January 2017 and date of the Confirmation Mass with the Bishop Paul Hendricks being held on 3 June 2017 at Our Lady Immaculate church. Candidates must be in year 9 or above. Application packs are available from the sacristy or parish office and can also be downloaded from this web site. Although the course will be led by Our Lady Immaculate, please submit completed forms to our parish office at St Raphael's.
The closing date for all applications is SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2016
Fr Kevin Stokes
St Raphael's Catholic Church
ABOUT THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
From the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church:
1285 Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."
Catechism Part 2 Section 2 Chapter 1 Article 2
(other than at the Easter Vigil - Holy Saturday)