CCD Confirmation class started Sunday 10th Sept at 9:30am & 11:00am, runs until June every Sunday morning except school holidays.
Confirmation will be on Pentecost Sunday for both CCD and Marymount School Candidates: Monseigneur Denis Jachiet, Auxiliary Bishop of Paris will officiate for Confirmation on 20 May at 3pm..
NB: We are sorry to have learnt the sudden Death of Mgr François Fleischmann on 26 January 2018. He had been officiating at St Joseph's for 9 consecutive years. Fr Aidan concelebrated his funeral Mass at Notre Dame and our CCD coordinator, Michael de Haas attented as well a a delegation of teachers and students from Marymount School.
Detailed Program of Confirmation 2018 : -First PARENT's Meeting: Sunday 24 September at 12:15pm
-First Retreat/Day of Reflection: Sat 14 October At Marymount school, 72 bvd de la Saussaye, Neuilly/Seine from 9am to 3pm (St Joseph's and Marymount School groups together).
Community Projects choices suggested: (example: Saint Vincent de Paul at Le Pecq.) It is hoped each Candidate will join in one of the projects.
-Preparing the Second Retreat CCD & Marymount School: Planning Meeting at St Joseph's on Sunday 14 Jan at 12 noon
-Second Retreat: All Meet at St Joseph's Sat 27 January 2018 at 9am, then walk to Saint Augustin's Church Paris 8ème for group activities, meditation, penance service and Mass at 2.00 p.m. Parents of the Confirmation Candidates are invited to this Mass. The retreat concludes at St Augustin's at 3 p.m.
-Enrolment: of Confirmation candidates during the 11am Mass on Sunday 28 Jan. 2018 at St Joseph’s Church: . All parishioners asked to pray for our Confirmation Candidates.
-Letters to Monsignor Denis Jachiet by 19th March, he'll be coming Saturday 5th May at St Joseph's to meet all the candidates on the third Retreat:
-Third Retreat: Sat 5th May 2018 at St Joseph's from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m; (exchange between the candidates and by Mgr Jachiet about letters he received). This session includes 11.00 a.m. parish Mass: All families of Candidates and parishioners are invited to this Mass. Ending time: 12.30 p.m
- Confirmation 20 May at 3pm (Pentecost).
Last Pentecost 2017, the ceremony was presided by Mgr François Fleischmann, Canon of Notre Dame of Paris From 1 – 5 pm., Confirmation Candidates and their Sponsors from Marymount School and CCD, came to rehearse, to celebrate Mass and Confirmation and then share in a wonderful party in the garden. This is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the breath of God blowing in unexpected ways.
Confirmation is the strengthening of the new life of Baptism. As such it brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace. St Ambrose, speaking to the newly confirmed explains: "Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts" (St. Ambrose, De myst. 7, 42: PL 16, 402-403).