Over 2,000 young students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Derry this year will gather to celebrate the Eucharist in Celtic Park GAA stadium, Derry. The Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Andy Dolan, PP of Bellaghy Parish, on Wednesday 7 June beginning at 11.30am and finishing at 1.00pm.
The annual ‘Fan the Flame’ Mass, organised by the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, and now in its 11th year, will welcome primary students from across the counties of Derry, Tyrone and Donegal to celebrate their Confirmations together and mark in a special way the end of their final primary school years. The name ‘Fan the Flame’ comes from the Saint Paul to Timothy: ”Fan into flame the gift God gave you”.
Each year the Fan the Flame Mass sees a procession through Celtic Park of thousands of students under their school banners. The students and schools will also be involved in the music and liturgy of the day. The Mass has grown each year, and now also sees many teenage volunteers who are involved with the Pope John Paul II awards.
The ceremony will conclude with a release of balloons symbolising the breath of the Holy Spirit.
For more information on the Fan the Flame Mass, see www.catecheticalcentre.org.