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.
The Sacrament of Confirmation 2017
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated for the Harrogate Deanery by Bishop Marcus at St Robert’s Church on Tuesday 6 June at 7pm.
Young people aged 11/12 years and above (School Years 7, 8 and above) are eligible to be confirmed. Those wishing to be confirmed should contact Father Neil as soon as possible their wish to receive the Sacrament.
The following programme has been arranged:
- Attend the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday 13 April at 7pm. At this Mass the candidates will take part in the Mass with the ‘Washing of the Feet’
- Preparation Day for the Candidates is on Saturday morning 20 May from 10am – 3pm in St Joseph’s Parish Hall. Please provide a packed lunch.
- Presentation of Certificates and Shared Table which will be arranged by the parents on Sunday 11 June after the 11am Mass
How to arrange your
confirmation at St. Joseph’s
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.