Over an eight-week period, the candidates dedicated much time to preparing and learning about the Sacrament of Confirmation, committing themselves to classes held three evenings a week.
Bishop O’Donoghue said he had spoken with the candidates individually. He said they had enjoyed the preparations, in particular how being committed to Christ continued now in their lives.
Each person wishing to be confirmed came forward with their sponsor and Bishop O’Donoghue anointed the candidates with a perfumed holy oil.
The confirmation concluded with a song and performance by the group, followed by lunch.
Confirmation is all about strengthening or deepening one's relationship with God and accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny. It is a sacrament, ritual or rite of passage practised by several Christian denominations.
Confirmed candidates and their sponsors were: Artemas Ahau – Francis Dyer, Alexios Akaruru – Rhino Akaruru, Raphael Akava – Edwina Paiti, Lorenzo Aranjuiz – Marlo Bueoy, Bernadette Aviu – Keren Aviu, Francis Dixon – Delaney Yagona, Therese Evangelio – Dahlia Avellaneda, Michael George – Popo Glassie, Titus George – Carl Glassie, Valentine Henry – Edwin Henry, Paul Herman – Dick Ratawake, Monica Ingaua – Ana Roi, Anne Johnson – Tatari Mitchell, Catherine Messine – Tepaeru Teataiariki, Beatrice Moetaua – Athanasio Tararo, Cecilia Montanez – Anna Koteka, Xenia Ngaoire – Margaret Ingaua, Vitalina Pierre-Hallin – John Pierre, Margaret-Mary Piri – Amanda Blake-Pauka, Maria-Goretti Tetava – Apii Mateariki, Sebastian Tetava – Susan Tauira, Nicholas Tiere – Ura Teinaki, Mathias Tutai – Julianne Westrupp, Damien Tuteru – Francis Tamangaro and Adela Wong – Joan Wong.