The Sacrament of Confirmation enriches the receiver with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Confirmation cannot be repeated so it is important that the decision to embark on preparation for confirmation is the considered decision of the young person themselves. Hence, our confirmation programme at St John’s is open to young people aged 14 and over.
The programme usually runs until May or June with candidates being confirmed on Pentecost Sunday in the years that the Bishop does not visit the parish. Where possible the confirmation programme will include a retreat at the Diocesan Youth Retreat Centre (Walsingham House). This provides a wonderful opportunity for young people to deepen their faith and encounter God in new ways whilst having plenty of fun and forming friendships that will support them in their faith journey.
The photo below is of the 2017 Confirmation Candidates (Leon, Patrick, Sean and Simon) and their parents and catechists, together with Fr Anthony.