"Confirmation is the sacrament that completes baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God's child and asks for God's Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with Chrism receives the strength to witness to God's Love and Might in word and deed. He/she is now a fully fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1285-1314)

The sacrament for young people is usually celebrated annually, and candidates must be at least in Year 11 at school. The ordinary minister of Confirmation is the Bishop but he gives the parish priest permission to confirm at Pentecost in those years when he does not visit the parish. Registering usually takes place in January and the programme runs throughout the year to December.

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