The baptism of infants is completed in early childhood by confirmation and first communion. In confirmation, the children receive a special release of the Holy Spirit when the Bishop lays his hand on their head and anoints them with the fragrant oil of Chrism. This takes place in the year when the children turn eight (Year Three).
The sacramental policy of the Archdiocese of Brisbane has established a cooperative process involving parish, family and school in which confirmation and communion are celebrated together. For a copy of the diocesan policy, see Sacramental Policy of the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
In the Parish of Sts Peter and Paul, confirmation is usually celebrated around the feast of Pentecost at the end of the Easter season. Sacramental preparation begins after Easter and involves parish, family and school support of the child. The Easter season of Jesus’ death and resurrection and the release of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost provide a most suitable context for understanding this sacrament. The time of preparation begins with a parents’ session for reflection and information and a rite of enrolment for the children at Sunday Mass.
To inquire about confirmation or to register for sacramental preparation, parishioners are invited to contact the parish office.