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The Sacrament of Confirmation

“Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit” Acts 8:17

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults was reinstituted by the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council.  It was once said “it was the best kept secret of the Council.”  For the past twenty years in this Diocese, this programme has been very successful.  Every year a number of Catechumens & Candidates are presented at the Rite of Election at the Cathedral.


The Rite itself is a Journey of Faith for the individual.  You will see from your programme that a comprehensive study of the Roman Catholic Faith will cover every aspect of our Catholic Life.


  1. Please try to attend all the sessions in the programme, otherwise there will be gaps in your knowledge and information.

  2. I will give you a breakdown of the subject matter each week. Please read over the material to assimilate what you have learnt.

  3. There will be a talk on each subject, and then the opportunity for  questions.  If you find that you have other questions during the week, it might help if you write them down in advance.

  4.  There will be a formal ceremony of entry into the Catechumenate known as the Rite of Election, on the First Sunday of Lent. (18th February 2024) This will give you time to seriously think about your entry into the Catholic Church.

  5. Please choose a Sponsor. The Sponsor will journey with you in faith during this next year. They will help you with various questions you may have.

  6. The practice of your faith on a weekly basis (Sunday obligation) is very essential to this programme. The Eucharist is the sacrament of Unity, which brings us together in our worship of God and Jesus Christ, it is also where we continue to learn about our faith. 


This is an incredibly big step that you are taking in your life of faith; the Community is here to support and encourage you along this journey, if you need help at any time, please do not hesitate to contact Fr. John.  No problem is insurmountable.    

Please let me know if you are unable to attend any of the classes. by emailing

God Bless you as you begin this Faith Journey.


Part One The Christian Vision
Thursday  21st Sept Introduction.  Information Evening
Thursday 5th Oct   God the Father, Creator
Thursday 12th Oct Sin and its effects. Original Sin
Thursday 19th Oct  Restoration of friendship with God
Thursday 26th  Oct Jesus Christ. Truly God/Truly Man
Thursday 9th  Nov Invitation to share God’s life through Jesus
Part Two The Church
Thursday 16th Nov Introduction.  What is the Church? Foundations of the Church Evening
Thursday 23rd Nov  How do we recognise the Church today? the Father, Creator
Thursday 30th Nov What is Authority? Canon Law / Church Law
Part Three The Sacraments
Thursday 7th Dec Sacraments of BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION
Thursday 14th Dec RECONCILIATION. Sin! Why the need to go to Confession?
Thursday 4th Jan EUCHARIST (1) Jewish Notion of Memory
Thursday 11th Jan EUCHARIST (2)) The need to worship God, in Christ and through the Holy Spirit.
Thursday 18th Jan MARRIAGE & HOLY ORDERS
Thursday 1st Feb SACRAMENT OF THE SICK: Extreme Unction. Ministry of Healing / Suffering
Part Four The Next Life
Thursday 8th Feb ESCHATOLOGY Death – Judgement – Hell – Heaven
Part Five Devotions
Thursday 15th Feb PRAYER. Is it necessary? Methods of Prayer
Thursday 22nd Feb SACRAMENTALS. Devotions, Benediction, The Rosary, Stations of the Cross, The Saints
Thursday 29th Feb The Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Thursday 7th Mar THE PASCHAL MYSTERY, how we celebrate!
Thursday 14th Mar THE CHURCH. A conducted tour
Monday 18th Mar Parish Penitential Service for Confession 6.30pm
Sunday 24th Mar PALM SUNDAY Blessing of Palms at all masses
Wednesday 27th Mar Rehearsal for Easter Vigil in Cathedral 7.30pm
Thursday 28th Mar Holy Thursday. Mass of the Lord’s supper 8.00pm
Friday 29th Mar Good Friday: The Passion of Our Lord. 3.00pm
Saturday 30th Mar
Easter Vigil & Reception into the Church 7.00pm Please invite your Family & Friends THE GREATEST DAY OF THE YEAR