This week the Chaplaincy Team met with our Year 6 Confirmation candidate, Nora, to interview her about the sacrament of Confirmation and her reasons for being confirmed. Nora kindly gave up her time to share her knowledge.
What is Confirmation? When I was a baby my parents chose to have me welcomed into the Catholic Church by taking me to be Baptised. They made promises on my behalf and also promised to bring me up and educate me about the Catholic faith. Confirmation is the sacrament when I make that choice and those promises for myself. It is the next stage of my journey in faith.
Why did you choose to be confirmed? To get closer to God. To grow as a Christian. People don’t usually get confirmed until their teens, why did you choose to be confirmed so young? I just felt called to do it. I’ve wanted to receive the sacrament for a long time. I was ready to make the choice for myself and didn’t want to wait.
Do people have to be confirmed? No some people don’t want to be or don’t feel ready. Just like Baptism, people can be confirmed at any age, but you need to be ready to make the choice and to make the promises to believe in the teaching of the Church.
What Confirmation name did you choose? I chose Vincent because he was a priest who spent his whole life working quietly to help others without being important or boasting about it. I feel close to him and really want him to be my role model in my life as a Christian.
What happens when you get confirmed? The bishop (or it can be a priest) puts his hand on your shoulder and the Holy Spirit comes down like He did at Baptism to help you as you continue your life as a Christian and try to get closer to God.
The Chaplains discussed Confirmation and thought about whether they would choose to be confirmed. They admired Nora’s choice of name because a saint who just lived a quiet life of helping and looking after people is someone that we can all try to be like. We can all do little things to make God’s world a better place.