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Well, probably because one of your children is preparing for Confirmation (or thinking about it!). The choice, of course, is theirs! But that doesn't mean that they don't need all the encouragement they can get! In the Confirmation rite, we pray that the Holy Spirit with strengthen your son or daughter to continue to follow Jesus - and that help also comes through other people. It's a brave choice to stand up and declare their faith in Christ - especially today when the majority of young people don't attend church. Bear this in mind, especially as your child gets to an age when peer pressure becomes stronger.

Confirmation is a part of Christian Initiation - and so can only be understood when it's associated with Holy Baptism. Confirmation and Baptism belong together - even though they have become separated by time and space! Confirmation completes what has been begun in Baptism and enables young people who have been baptised as young children to make a mature expression of Faith.

If your child hasn't been baptised then this provides a wonderful opportunity for Confirmation and Baptism to be celebrated together - the way it initially happened! If you want to find out more about Confirmation and the rites of Christian initiation then please click on the section on the menu bar.

It's important to remember that there is life after Confirmation! There's an old joke about a priest who had a problem with bats in his church. There was just no way he could get rid of them!  The answer soon came! Get the Bishop in to confirm them! Many churches see lots of young people drifting away from the church after they have been confirmed. Some people have even commented that Confirmation is a rite of passage - out of the church! However, Confirmation offers the young people a chance to make a mature expression of faith and so it should be seen as the beginning of a new stage in their life. In the Confirmation rite they publicly declare that they wish to carry on in the Christian way.

As a parent, you will obviously have the best interests of your child at heart. Some of the things you can do are:

• Encourage your children in the Christian life;
• Pray for them;
• Try to make it easy - not difficult - for them to get to church;
• Talk to your children about their Confirmation preparation. Take an interest in what they have learned. You can even sit and surf the web site with them!;
• Be willing to listen to them, talk to them about their faith, and even learn from them! You may get a renewed enthusiasm for the Christian faith!;
• Perhaps you are not a Christian yourself or do not attend church regularly. This doesn't mean that you can't or shouldn't take an interest in the faith your child has decided to take.

Some parents may be disagree that they want their children to follow the Christian way and be Baptised or Confirmed. There is no easy way through this and there will be valid opinions on all sides - but talking to each other and involving your child in the discussions is probably the best way forward.

Remember, if you have any questions or queries about the Confirmation Preparation then talk to your priest or whoever is leading the course.