A maximum of 17 young people will be confirmed at each Mass and they may be accompanied by a maximum of 4 other members of their immediate family, including their sponsor. All must wear face masks at all time in the church.
Because of the Covid19 situation the Cardinal has asked Parish Priests and Assistant Priests to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation in Parishes.
When you arrive, make sure you are registered, and you will be handed a card with all your details on it. Give this card to your sponsor
Be in your seat with your sponsor and the members of your family next to you by 7.10 p.m. at the latest.
Please ensure that mobile phones are switched off.
The use of videos/cameras/ flash and recording equipment of any kind is not permitted at any stage during the Mass.
Each Confirmation Mass will be filmed by the parish and the final edited version of each Mass will be posted on the Parish website for downloading by each family. There will be no charge for this
The Parish understands that it is important for families to have photographs of this occasion and for this reason it permits one official photographer commissioned by the church to take pictures of each young person as he or she receives is confirmed. There will be no charge for this.
The priest will not be able to attend any parties following the Confirmation Masses.
CELEBRATION OF MASS – CHANGES DURING TIME OF CORONAVIRUS
Please arrive 20 minutes before Mass starts.
The doors of the church will be locked just before Mass begins and latecomers will not be able to enter.
Kindly follow the instructions of the Ushers who are acting on behalf of the Parish Priest.
Please wear a mask at all time in the church.
The Confirmation Mass starts as usual and continues until the Gospel and homily
Following the Gospel, the Parish Priest calls each candidate by name. When you hear your name you stand up. Each one to be confirmed should respond “I am present” and remain standing for a short instruction before the Homily
Candidates sit for the homily
RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL VOWS
After the Homily Candidates stand again for the renewal of Baptismal Vows. Please raise your voice with the other young people and join in the reponse to the questions of the Priest. Your response to each of the questions he asks is “I do”
CELEBRATION OF CONFIRMATION
The Laying on of Hands and Anointing with Chrism is a very powerful moment of grace. The congregation is invited to pray silently for the Priest and those being confirmed; to listen attentively to the words of the anointing and to watch the action. This is a very holy moment and a time for deep prayer and silence.
INVOCATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND LAYING ON OF HANDS
Candidates stand in their places for the Invocation of the Holy Spirit and the Laying on of Hands.
The Catechist directs each candidate and their sponsor to go up to the front of the altar to the Priest for the anointing. Candidates should not be accompanied by families at this point – only by their sponsor.
When the candidate goes to the Priest for the anointing, the sponsor accompanies the candidate and brings the little card with your confirmation name and other confirmation details up to the altar and hands it to the Priest.
The candidate stands before the Priest. The Sponsor stands just behind the candidate. The Sponsor places their right hand on the left shoulder of the candidate.
The Priest anoints the young person with chrism making the sign of the cross on the forehead of the one to be confirmed, as he says:
N. be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The newly confirmed responds: Amen.
The Priest says: Peace be with you.
The newly confirmed responds and bows: And with your spirit.
After the conclusion of the celebration of Confirmation the Mass continues
NO SHAKING OF HANDS AT SIGN OF PEACE. WE ALL BOW TO ONE ANOTHER
RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION:
After the prayer and its response “Behold the Lamb of God…Lord I am not worthy,” the priest holds up the Host to the Congregation and say, “The Body of Christ” to which the people respond “Amen.”
Then the priest holds up the chalice and says, “The Blood of Christ” and again the people respond “Amen.”
People should wait in their pews until instructed to move forward to the priest for Holy Communion by the Stewards, always aware of the regulations on social distancing in an orderly queue.
Communion must be given silently in the hand only, with the communicant standing, and avoiding any physical contact.
When people approach the Priest they should do so with arms at “full stretch” so that there is a good distance between the Priest and the communicant.
Their hands, palms upwards, one of top of the other, should be extended as flatly as possible.
All return to their place to make their thanksgiving.
At the end of Mass please wait in your places to be directed out of the church at a social distance by the ushers.
A collection for the upkeep of the church and parish will be taken on the way out of church.
Confirmation Certificates will be available as you leave the church.
The Church is locked after the last person leaves to allow for cleaning after each celebration of Mass.