The sacrament of Confirmation is now celebrated at Holy Cross every year.
Preparation usually starts after Easter with the service taking place in early July, but watch for updates both on the website and via the Parish newsletter. The group of catechists starts to organise the preparation sessions early in the New Year. Application forms will be available before Easter time in the year of the programme, if the same format is used for 2019.
Those eligible for the programme are people in the latter part of school year 10 and above. Of course, it is mainly young people that apply but occasionally adults also join the group. This age group has been found to be more responsive, more responsible, more appreciative, more questioning and more able to contribute to each session of the programme than for instance a group of younger people would be.
The programme sessions are held in the Parish Centre. There is an apostolic day organised on one day during the programme; in the past this has been going to a local care home to help with the residents.
Our Confirmation course is based on that provided by the Youcat team.
The catechists enjoy a deepening of faith and a greater awareness of the need to share their faith with others. It brings us joy, as well as a little anxiety, but many blessings. Our aim is very much to sow the seed of faith awareness in people who are just beginning to think about who they are, their place in society and in the Church, and why God might love them for what they are.
Parishioners who would be interested in becoming a catechist would be very welcome. Each catechist commits whatever they can afford in terms of time and involvement. New catechists and those with an interest, but without knowing what is involved, will be given a gentle introduction and a good deal of guidance. The programme is more about faith sharing than teaching.
For more information about the confirmation programme or becoming a catechist please use the contact form
To contact the Confirmation team please use the link below