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: 20th May 2018 at 3:00pm for both CCD and Marymount School Candidates.
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 will be suggested: (example: Saint Vincent de Paul at Le Pecq.) It is hoped each Candidate will join in one of the projects.
-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 Fleischmann, who will come at the 27 January and May 2018 Retreats to meet all CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES.
-Third Retreat: Sat 7 April 2018 at St Joseph's from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m; (with response to the candidates' letters by Mgr Fleischmann). 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
Last Pentecost 2017, the ceremony was presided by Mgr François Fleischmann, Canon of Notre-Dame de Paris, Archdiocese 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).