‘Live your confirmation to the full’ priest tells parents of candidates

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Bishop Terry Brady, auxiliary bishop of Sydney, with a confirmation candidate and her sponsor at St John Bosco parish, Engadine, on 14 August.
Bishop Terry Brady, auxiliary bishop of Sydney, with a confirmation candidate and her sponsor at St John Bosco parish, Engadine, on 14 August.

Parents should help their children make the most of the sacrament of confirmation by living their own confirmations to the full, says Engadine parish priest Fr Mick Court SDB.

In a parish bulletin dated the weekend of 14 August, which saw more than 100 children confirmed at St John Bosco, Engadine, the priest asked parishioners to consider the meaning of their own confirmation.

“I see it as the gift of the Holy Spirit with me to live a Christian life,” he wrote.

Fr Mick said he prays God will empower him “with the Spirit’s wisdom, courage, reverence, right judgement, wonder and awe and more”.

He called on parents to support children around the time of the sacrament.

“First let us live our own confirmations to the full.

“Secondly, let’s pray for them to open and use the gift God is giving them.

“Third, let’s congratulate, affirm and challenge them to live the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

“Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in us the fire of your love.”