Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation (the others being Baptism and Holy Communion).Those who have been baptised continue on the path of Christian initiation through the sacrament of Confirmation. In this sacrament, they receive the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, just as the apostles received them at Pentecost.

“This giving of the Holy Spirit conforms believers more perfectly to Christ and strengthens them so that they may bear witness to Christ for the building up of his body in faith and love. They are so marked with the character or seal of the Lord that the Sacrament of Confirmation cannot be repeated.” (Introduction to Rite of Confirmation)


Within the Archdiocese of Sydney, Confirmation is conferred in year 6. The candidate must be baptised and have received the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Each candidate is to have a sponsor who is a practicing Catholic of sixteen years of age or older and who has received the Sacraments of Initiation. In order to keep the connection with Baptism, it is recommended that the godparent also be the sponsor. However this is not compulsory. Parents may not be sponsors.

The Parish Based Program at Holy Innocents’

Children from a variety of schools come together to learn and celebrate as a united Parish community. We follow the Sydney Archdiocese preparation program. Children and at least one parent must attend four group preparation sessions. In these sessions, the children, with the support of their parents, will be given thorough catechesis on the meaning of sacrament. Content is reinforced by the teachers and catechists in our schools. The children must also attend a commitment Mass, a retreat afternoon and rehearsals.


Registration for this sacrament is not yet opened.

Registration for the sacrament is completed online. Please refer to this page mid July for information regarding enrolment. All enquiries should be directed to Suzanne Miceli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to welcoming you to our program and assisting you and your child in taking this next step in their faith development.

Important Dates for the Sacarament of Confirmation 2017





Thurs 10th Aug


Parent Information Meeting


Sat 19th /Sun 20th Aug


Commitment Masses


Sat 16th Sept


Retreat Afternoon


Sat 23rd Sept


Rehearsal 1


Sat 14th Oct


Rehearsal 2


Sun 15th Oct





There will also be four group preparation sessions (1 hour in length). Group leaders will determine dates and time of sessions:

Suzanne Miceli’s preparation sessions Sunday after 10am Mass (approx. 11am start)

20th Aug

27th Aug

3rd Sept

10th Sept


Confirmation for Adults

Adults, who wish to reiceve this sacrament, please contact the parish office for details.

For more information please download "Why be confirmed" by CTS.