The Sacrament of Confirmation

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift from God – not by works, so no-one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:8-10

Through Confirmation, the weak become strong, committed Christians. The soul of a baptised Christian becomes imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once, marking the individual as a Christian, forever. The gift of the Holy Spirit is then the strength that comes from us above, through this Sacrament, to realise the full grace of our baptism. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can learn to be true witnesses for Jesus Christ, in our words and in our deeds – for the rest of our lives.  God is with us forever, for He loves us without end. [1302-1305,1317].

The Sacrament of Confirmation is normally administered by the Bishop, and we need to prepare very carefully in order to receive it. St Marie’s offers two separate parish programmes to do this: one for young people (teenagers), and one for adults. 

The Parish programme to prepare young people for Confirmation usually begins in October, and invitations to enrol are typically announced some weeks before it commences – usually in September. Children must be in Y9 or above to be considered mature enough to engage with this programme. A retreat is also included.

If you are an adult wishing to be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church and/or Confirmed please take a look at our ‘Journey in Faith’ programme.

The corona virus pandemic does mean that all programmes are currently on hold for the time-being. Please contact Cathedral House via email to express your interest in registering for the next available programme:  office@stmariecathedral.org