Welcome to St Mary’s parish.
We look forward to walking alongside you and your children as they (and you) seek to deepen their faith lives. For now, Confirmation is the “end goal’’. In this sacrament your children are being asked, “Are you fair dinkum about this faith stuff?”
It is a time for them to think more deeply about the beautiful, painful, joyful, frustrating, and life-changing mystery that is God. It is time for them to step-up as young adults and decide whether faith has a place in their lives, “‘cause, really; there’s no point being lukewarm or feint-hearted about faith… about anything worthwhile, for that matter.”
It is also a time in which your children are reminded of their inherent beauty, value, and dignity as human-beings, as spiritual beings.
The challenge, then, is to use this knowing I am loved, really loved, to help change the world – the workplace, the family, the sporting team, the marketplace. And, the best way to do this is to follow the humble example of Christ and wash feet: that is, serve humanity, especially those who are the most vulnerable, those who are most in need – and to do so gently, courageously.
Dare I say, Christianity is not for ‘wusses’!
So, be assured that we take seriously this faith confirmation event that you and your child have committed to.
May it bear much fruit.
Peace and regards,
Fr Peter Day