Sacraments – Confirmation


See images of the 2018 parish confirmation group .. confirmed by Bishop Alan

Confirmation – 2018-19

There will be a short introductory meeting on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 9.00 p.m. in the Cathedral parish hall for those young men and women who are interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday 2019.  Parents are welcome as well. 

To be confirmed at the Cathedral you need to have an open mind and heart for the things of God.  Even if you are not completely sure about being confirmed, you need to be willing to really give the course a go, be committed to it and see how the Holy Spirit moves you.

You must be at least 16 years by September 2018 (Year 12), and no older than 18 by June 2019 (Year 13). (If you are over 18, you are very welcome to join our Journey in Faith programme).

The minimum requirement for this course is that you are attending Sunday Mass on a weekly basis. If you are not attending Mass regularly at the moment, this is your opportunity to get back on track. However, if you feel you are not ready to make this commitment, then you are encouraged to wait until next year’s programme, or whenever you feel ready. The Sacrament of Confirmation can be received at any age, and we will always there to help when you are ready to receive the Sacrament.

If you decide that you would like to join our Programme, please pick up an application pack in the Narthex of the Cathedral and then return the completed forms to us no later than 18 September 2018.


Wednesday 18th July, 8–9 pm Parents’ Meeting & Registration Parish Hall Course content, info & registration
 Fri 12th October to Sunday 14th October  Weekend Retreat Abbotswick Introductory Weekend
 Sun 18th Nov, 4 – 6:15 pm  Session 1: Jesus Christ: the Centre of our Faith  Parish Hall  ‘Who do people say I am?’
 Wednesday 5th Dec, 8 pm Youth Mass Cathedral Mass with BCYS
  Sun 9th Dec, 4 – 6:15 pm  Session 2: Jesus Christ: the Centre of our Faith  Parish Hall   ‘What did Jesus do for us?’
 Sun 13th Jan, 4 – 6:15 pm  Session 3: Life in the Spirit  Parish Hall  The transforming power of the Holy Spirit in our lives
 Thurs 19th OR Thurs 21st February, 10:30 am – 3 pm Soup Kitchen   Franciscan Friars of Renewal Experience volunteering in a soup kitchen serving food to the homeless
Saturday 23rd Feb, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm Confirmation Retreat  Abbotswick  Retreat Day 
 Saturday 2nd March, Flame Festival 1- 8:00 pm  Catholic Youth Ministry Federation Concert  Wembley Arena  The biggest Catholic youth event in England & Wales
Sun 17th Mar, 4 – 6:15 pm Session 4: Life in the Spirit   Parish Hall  The transforming power of the Holy Spirit in our lives
Sun 7th Apr, 4 – 6:15 pm Session 5: True Joy   Parish Hall  The Church’s teaching on human relationships
Sun 19th May, 4 – 6:15 pm   Session 6: Confirmation & beyond   Parish Hall  What it means to be a full member of the Church and God’s specific plan for you
Thursday 6th June, 7:30 – 9:30 am   Reconciliation and Rehearsal   Cathedral  Sacrament of Reconciliation and Rehearsal
Sun 9th June, 11:30 am Confirmation Day: Pentecost Sunday   Cathedral Sacrament of Confirmation