St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Bilton, Harrogate

Leeds Diocese 2

Diocese of Leeds

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Confirmation is a precious gift of grace won for us by Jesus Christ through his death on the cross. So if you want to be Confirmed, you need to receive this gift in the right way. You need to be practising your Catholic faith. This means at the very least that you should be coming to Mass every Sunday. You also need to keep free all the dates in the Confirmation programme. Most important of all, you must prepare seriously and actively to receive the sacrament.

Young people

Young people in Year 8 or above are invited to join the Confirmation Programme each year. Notices are usually given in November and December at every Mass and in the parish newsletter, inviting young people to enrol for the preparation programme which usually takes place from January to March/April.

If you miss all of these notices, it is an indication that you should begin to practise the Catholic faith, together with your child, (including Sunday Mass each week) to ensure that your child is properly disposed to begin preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation, perhaps next year.

Application is to be made via letter to Father Neil, please remember to include contact details.

Candidates meet on a regular basis. Each session involves the use of modern resources, and aims to prepare the candidates for the Sacrament and give them an opportunity to explore their faith and the relevance of Jesus in their lives.

As with First Holy Communion, preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation takes place within the parish community with the full and active support of both the family and local schools. All candidates are also invited to attend a Day of Recollection which forms an essential part of the preparation.


Adults who have not been Confirmed should contact the Parish Priest and arrangements will be made for them.


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