Catholic Parish of St Francis Xavier - St Clare

In the Franciscan tradition

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Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."
- "Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC1285)"
Confirmation Preparation Classes for children at Catholic or State Schools will begin on Tuesday 28th February at 7pm - 8.15pm in the Parish Hall at St. Francis Xavier Church. Classes will run until Tuesday 9th May, excluding school & public holidays (a total of eight classes).
For enquiries please contact the Parish office - or 9890 2231.  
See Vatican website - Click here
The Sacrament of Confirmation confirms and strengthens baptismal grace.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we receive in Baptism and strengthened in Confirmation include:
.  Wisdom
.  Understanding
.  Right Judgment (Counsel)
.  Courage (Fortitude)
.  Knowledge
.  Reverence (Piety)
.  Wonder and Awe (Fear of the Lord)

Children attending St Francis Xavier Primary School will prepare for and receive their Sacrament of Confirmation in Grade 6.

For children in the parish attending other schools, the parish also provides a preparation course prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in the parish. Please enquire through your school or the SFX Parish Office on (03) 9890 2231.

For adults wishing to be initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, we offer the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). We have an RCIA program, which you are most welcome to enquire about through our Parish Office as well. More information about the RCIA may be found on: RCIA website or Catholic Australia website

If you wish to learn more about the Sacrament of Confirmation, you may also visit Catholic Education Office website - Click here