Confirmation Notice 2021

Following the government announcement yesterday evening 29th April 2021, we have had to consider the implications that this will have on Confirmations and 1st Holy Communions. The published dates are provisional dates only and are subject to restrictions being lifted for the celebration of Confirmation and Communion. If as we move closer to the Confirmation and Communion Dates and the restrictions have not been lifted, Fr. Aidan will have no choice but to reschedule each of the ceremonies at that stage. It is very disappointing for us to not be able to give a more definitive dates to Families and Schools at this time, however, we will keep you updated as and when we receive further information.

Following a Parish meeting yesterday, 22nd April, it was decided that this year’s confirmation will be held during the 1st and 2nd Week of June 2021. The specific dates, times and venues are listed below. However, these dates are subject to the Public Health guidelines and Diocesan policy that will be in place at the time.

This year’s confirmation will follow strict safety procedures to reduce the number of people attending the church, which we are predicting will be in line with public health restrictions. The confirmation child will be permitted to have two family members from the same household present at the celebration.

Sponsors will not be present at the celebration this year but their details will be documented for church records. The School Teachers will act as proxy in place of the confirmation child’s sponsor.

The Confirmation celebration will be available to view through the live stream, which can be accessed through the parish website. The Confirmation celebration in Shanballymore will be available on the parish facebook page only: (

Confirmation Schedule

Doneraile, Hazelwood & Shanballymore
  • Canon Sheehan 6th Class: 10th June at 11AM (Parish Church)
  • Baltydaniel N.S. 6th Class: 4th June at 10AM & 12PM (Parish Church)
  • Shanballymore N.S. 6th Class: 11th June at 11AM (Shanballymore Church)
June 2021
Letter from Bishop Crean

The Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the Acts of the Apostles chapter 2, verses 1 to 13, we read of the Apostles receiving the Holy Spirit. They had been hiding after Jesus’ death, afraid and uncertain. The coming of the Holy Spirit with his gifts inspired them and enabled them to take the step of preaching the good news.

We are made members of God’s family at Baptism. At Confirmation, our Baptism is completed or “sealed” by the Holy Spirit and we are called to be Christian witnesses, just like the apostles. The whole of our Christian living and the life of the Church, too, are sustained by the same Spirit.


Any baptised Catholic wishing to advance on the path of developing their faith. For young people, this is usually part of the 5th/6th class primary school programme. For adults who were not confirmed as children, it means taking part in the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

A sponsor stands behind the candidate for Confirmation at the Confirmation ceremony and places their hand on the shoulder of the candidate as a sign that they will support them in living out their baptismal promises. However, the role of the sponsor is not just for one day. The sponsor undertakes to assist the confirmed person in growing in the fullness of their faith and in their membership of the Catholic Church. A person qualifies as a sponsor by being a reasonably mature adult, who is at least 16 years old, and has already received the Sacraments of Initiation, (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) themselves. The Confirmation sponsor may be one of the people who was a sponsor at Baptism (subject to the notes here).

(Ref. Code of Canon Law §874) To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must be appointed by the candidate, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister. To be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it. He or She must be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made. The Sponsor must be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken. He or She must not labour under a canonical penalty, whether imposed or declared and not be either the father or the mother of the candidate.

The tradition of taking a new name at Confirmation emphasises the new identity of a Christian being called to witness to their faith. People are encouraged to take the name of a saint or a person from the Bible who inspires them in some way.

The oil used is called the Oil of Chrism. It is olive oil mixed with balsam that is blessed by the bishop and priests of the diocese in the Cathedral at the ‘Chrism Mass’ on Holy Thursday. The Sacrament is conferred with the anointing with this ‘Oil of Chrism’ on the forehead as the Bishop says ‘Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit’.

The Most Reverend Dr William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne will next impart the Sacrament of Confirmation on the Children of the Parish in May of 2021. If your child has recently transferred to a school in our parish and missed out on the Sacrament of Confirmation due to the transfer please contact us and we will make arrangements with the Bishop for your child to receive the Sacrament as soon as is possible.