The decision has been made to cancel all sacramental programme meetings for the time being. It is not seen as an essential gathering at this time. To reduce the risk to participants there will be no more instruction on the Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage prep and RCIA. All these programmes will be resumed when the current health crisis has abated. 13/3/2020
The Confirmation course is designed to lead the young person toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit, in order to be more capable of assuming the responsibilities of Christian life. We try to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ – the universal Church as well as the parish community. The sessions begin in January. Application forms are available to download below.
You can download an application form here:Conf Application 2020
Time table for programme
The dates are here. CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME DATES 2020
The course involves committing to attending 5pm Mass on the dates of all sessions. After Mass, all sessions except the Parents’ Evening Session take place in the Parish Hall from 6pm – 7:30pm unless otherwise stated. A light snack (to be brought by you) will be shared before the start of the session and during the short break, mid-session.
It needs to be understood that by enrolling on the programme you are agreeing to attend all the sessions and will need to say NO to other activities, sporting, hobbies etc if they should clash with a session. This will mean that you have done enough preparation to reach a mature and considered decision.
Any young person in Year 9 who does not feel ready for the programme need not join this year if they do not wish to. There is always an opportunity in the future.
For people who are over the age of 18 and who would like to be confirmed, the RCIA course is the appropriate support. Please contact Robert Hitchcock to join the RCIA group. The RCIA process is a continuous one, so there is no limit on when you join it.
For people above 13/14 but below 18 years of age, we believe the existing parish formation for the sacrament will usually be appropriate. Applications can be made in late November/early December to join this course of preparation. Again, please contact Robert Hitchcock
Naturally there is a process of discernment as to what will suit an individual seeking adult confirmation, and we hope always to provide the most appropriate support possible.