In order to appreciate the importance of confirmation in the Catholic liturgy, we should see it as a stage in the sacramental progress of the Christian. As with natural life where we are born, develop into maturity and require nourishment and love so in the sacraments the faithful are reborn to a share in the divine nature by baptism, are strengthened by the sacrament of confirmation, and finally are sustained by the food of eternal life through the Holy Eucharist.

In St Matthew’s, ¬†young people are invited to apply for Confirmation when they start Year 9 in Secondary School.¬† There is no objection to the sacrament being postponed for a year or two, but if postponed any later, preparation will be via an adult programme, usually referred to as RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).