Sacrament of Confirmation: an update

By Father Simon Gore

Father Simon Gore provides an update on preparations for Confirmation in this Archdiocese, where the Animate Youth Ministry team has been visiting Catholic high schools to speak about the Sacrament to Year 8s.
As 2020 started, preparations for the Sacrament of Confirmation also began in earnest. As an Archdiocese we are inviting Year 8s to be confirmed, and although some Year 8s will already have been confirmed when they were in Year 4, there are still young people in the diocese able to receive the Sacrament this year.
Animate, as the youth ministry team, have been going into Catholic High Schools to speak about the Sacrament to the Year 8 cohort. This introduction has been followed by specially designed classes in the Year 8 RE curriculum on the meaning and importance of the Sacrament.
From there young people have been asked to register for local preparation sessions in their Pastoral Areas. Confirmations should then take place after Easter in Pastoral Areas at Mass or Evening Prayer.
More information on the various stages of preparation for the Sacrament can be found on the dedicated website: If you know a Year 8 pupil who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please ask them to visit the website and register for their local preparation sessions (go to the top right of the website and fill in the form for ‘Register for Confirmation’).
Please keep all the young people preparing for the Sacrament this year in your prayers.