EthosConfirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation takes place in the second term of Sixth Class here in Willow.

The Confirmation programme aims to develop a deeper understanding of Faith and the important role the Holy Spirit has to play as a guide to the boys as they enter adolescence and then adulthood. Early in the second term the boys will attend a ‘Commitment Service’ with their classmates and parents which will mark the boy’s intention to remain loyal and true to their faith.

The boys then prepare to accept their faith for themselves through a series of four special Rituals: ‘Enkindling the Spirit’, ‘Moved by the Spirit’, ‘Called by Name’ and ‘Blessed with Oil’. These rituals help the boys to examine the history of Confirmation and the role of the Holy Spirit in the Bible, as well as the practical ways in which the Holy Spirit’s action can be seen in today’s world, e.g. through charity works.

In collaboration with Blackrock College each boy in Sixth Class will take part in the ‘Faith Friends’ programme. Under the direction of Orla Walsh (Religious Coordinator for the DEA), a group of volunteers from Transition Year in Blackrock will visit our school and meet with our boys to discuss the importance of a strong faith in the face of challenges that adolescence brings in today’s society.

One of the last and most significant stages of the Confirmation process takes place during the ‘Service of Light’. Here, parents symbolically pass their faith onto their son through the passing of their Baptismal Candle.

It is our intention that the boys will emerge from the Confirmation programme with a refreshed and renewed faith of which they can be proud.

Dates for 2015

Tuesday 13th January -  M6 Confirmation Talk for Parents in Classroom @7.30pm followed by Service of Commitment in School Oratory.

Thursday 15th January -  J6 Confirmation Talk for Parents in Classroom @7.30pm followed by Service of Commitment in School Oratory.

Tuesday 20th January -  K6 Confirmation Talk for Parents in Classroom @7.30pm followed by Service of Commitment in School Oratory.

Thursday  22nd January - P6 Confirmation Talk for Parents in Classroom @7.30pm followed by Service of Commitment in School Oratory.

Thursday 19th March - The Ceremony of Light - St. John the Baptisit Church, Blackrock - 8.00pm.

Saturday 21st March - Ceremony of Confirmation - St. John the Baptisit Church, Blackrock - 11.00am