What a day! Today we celebrated Keira’s confirmation and it was a celebration. So many proud parents and families and gorgeous children filled our church today…..and Keira was one of them. I got a bit choked up whenever it was time to sing, I’ve always looked forward to the time that the little ones would make their sacraments…we’ve done our fair share of baptisms and today was so special. And I couldn’t ask for a sweeter girl than Keira.
It’s a pretty special day when the Bishop comes to visit and I was trying to get finn to show some excitement with all the colours and garments that the Bishop had on. Slight drama when keira had a seat right near the front only to find out that row was reserved for readers so she got bumped to the back of the church at the last moment. There were tears but it was great to get a photo without the rest of the parents standing around so it all worked out but it’s hard to be 7 and all of that excitement. But it all turned out perfectly.
And it was so lovely to get a photo with the Bishop afterwards. He was just so lovely and friendly with everyone……………and he had a busy day with 3 confirmations at our church today.
We had a few photos with keira’s little friends, we tried to get a good photo of all of us………you know how it goes, no one wants to sit still and so and so…………………….
When we got home I went all out with the food…………..no I’m just kidding. The kitchen isn’t finished, the stovetop doesn’t work and it’s an effort getting the house immaculate and 5 children beautifully dressed and out the door. Keira turned out dining table into a very special table with her baptism candle, photo, statues and cards.
So we kept it simple and also had a quick trip to the patisserie this morning for a few little treats and a trip to the frozen aisle of the supermarket. Now the cake is a white chocolate and dark chocolate mousse cake with ganache and white chocolate curls from Ganache patisserie and a total winner. I had intentions and a few pinterest searches for confirmation cakes but next time, I’ll pace myself. Plenty more sacraments ahead of us and opportunities for holy cakes. But this one was totally gluten free and totally delicious. Half the cake is in the fridge and I’ll be counting down till dinner time and another slice.
and keira had a bit of holy jewellery to show off…..she adores her multi-coloured rosary beads (we bought them here because I know you’re going to ask where! I need some) and I’m going to teach all of the big kids how to say the rosary with me. Taking keira’s confirmation group and learning all about confirmation all over again has given me a deeper appreciation of the beauty of the catholic church and the traditions. I remember the little holy cards and medals that my aunty marie (who was a nun) would give us when we visited her in the convent. What an opportunity to bring up our children with something else that the modern world doesn’t offer.
And today was a great day to think about our own confirmation and faith and a day to be proud of our Church and what we are teaching our children. I won’t lie to you and say that taking our family to mass each week is an easy job. It isn’t but days like today make me stand there proudly knowing that I’m giving my children the opportunity to have a relationship with God that I was offered and raised with. It’s like having someone who is your friend for life and no matter what happens you always have your faith to comfort you and remain with you.
p.s in our parish and diocese we do confirmation in year 2 and next year reconciliation and first holy communion. It is apparently going back to early teachings of the Church whereby confirmation was confirming your baptismal promises before making the rest of your sacraments.
p.p.s I don’t know who this girl is. Surely this isn’t my tillie?
p.p.s a big thank you to our aunty kate who was keira’s sponsor and grandma jill who also travelled up from melbourne for the day.