Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which confers the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (CCC) No. 1316
A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs. CCC No. 1320
At Our Lady and St Anne’s church, a Confirmation Mass will be celebrated once per year, normally in May or June, and on most occasions the Sacrament will be administered by our area bishop, Bishop William Kenney. Candidates for Confirmation (normally in Year 8 or 9) will need to be baptised Roman Catholics who have also received the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, candidates will need to attend a preparation course on dates to be announced. To enrol candidates onto the Confirmation programme for the year, parents need to complete an enrolment form. This can be picked-up from the Parish Office.
There is a message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales which may be accessed …
There is a Pastoral Letter for the Fourth Sunday of Easter which may be accessed here: Pastoral Letter 3rd May …
The proclamation of the Easter Exsultet, sung by our chorister David Webb, with video of the 2020 Paschal candle alight …
Fr Patrick’s weekly video Reflections, and his Thoughts for the Week, for past weeks may be found in the Gallery.