Download the Enrolment Ceremony here. It has been the custom in many parishes in the diocese to have the Enrolment for Confirmation on the First Sunday of Advent.
Introducing the New Missal
This year, the introduction of the full text of the New Roman Missal on the First Sunday of Advent, may result in parishes postponing or bringing forward the date for Enrolment. The Enrolment ceremony marks the formal beginning of all parish preparation for Confirmation. It is an integral part of You Shall Be My Witnesses, a parent led, parish based preparation programme used by more than 10000 families across the country last year.
The purpose of Enrolment is fourfold:
- • To encourage the candidates to make public their commitment to preparing for Confirmation within the parish community
- • To highlight the importance of partnership in the preparation programme for Confirmation
- • To make the connection between Baptism and Confirmation more tangible by the renewal of Baptismal Promises
- • To invite the candidates to make a commitment to personal prayer, to community prayer by attending Mass, to take seriously all the preparation for Confirmation, at school, in the parish and at home and finally to do their best to be kind of person that Jesus would want them to be. We also invite their parents and guardians to witness this commitment and to promise to help and encourage their child in their endeavours.
In the context of You Shall Be My Witnesses the Enrolment Ceremony has four main elements.
- Calling by name of the candidates for Confirmation.
- Renewal of baptismal promises
- Presentation of Confirmation Commitment Scrolls
- Distribution of ‘A Guide to Confirmation’ at the end of Mass
You will need:
- The names of all confirmation candidates printed on two sheets of paper.
- Two people to call out the names of the candidates. These might be parents, teachers or members of the parish community.
- A Commentator
- People to distribute the Guide to Confirmation to the parents of Confirmation candidates at the end of Mass.
These elements and the preparation needed may differ in parishes that are using another form of preparation process or programme.
DISPLAY OF NAMES: The names of the candidates might be placed on a poster and displayed in the church between Advent and Confirmation. The poster could have ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ or some other formula of words together with an image of the Holy Spirit
PRAYER FRIENDS: Members of the community could be encouraged to pray for the candidates during the year and this way become a prayer friend. The names of the candidates could also be written on cards and placed in baskets in the church during daily Masses. The daily mass goers could be invited to take a card and to remember that particular child in their prayers during the year.