Our 2019 Confirmation Preparation Programme
Following extensive communication via the Parish Newsletter, Parish websites and the Parishes’ social media accounts, the application period to join the 2019 Confirmation Preparation Programme in our parish of St John Vianney & St Monica and our sister (linked) parish of St Cuthbert’s, Blackpool is now closed.
Our new single programme for both parishes has now begun. Consequently, Fr Kopec, Canon Sullivan and Fr Etienne thank those who have applied and have now accepted the commitment required of both young people and parents to step out and begin this pathway in order to deepen their lives of faith and to journey towards the gifts of God’s grace offered in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
As a reminder, the Programme requirements that each young person and their parents/guardians have now signed up to are:
1) To participate at weekly Sunday Masses (any of the 5 Sunday Masses of our parishes – attendance at Polish Masses is also acceptable). A register will be found at the Lady Altar at Sunday Masses to sign.
2) To participate in each session (listed further down).
3) To choose an appropriate sponsor (This one person must be a: Confirmed Catholic, over 16 and a practising Catholic, and should not be a parent).
4) To choose a Saint’s Name (to find and learn about the life of this saint and to seek their intercession) – from a saint who particularly inspires your child and family.
5) To participate in the Confirmation Recollection Day (further down).
6) To attend the Confirmation Rehearsal (with Confessions) at St Cuthbert’s.
The 2019 Preparation Programme is a joint programme run between both St John Vianney & St Monica’s Parish and St Cuthbert’s Parishes as we are linked together. It is not reliant on Catholic schools and will be run by Fr Etienne – with the assistance of Mrs Jenny Ball – who is a parishioner of St Cuthbert’s and has been a Parish Catechist for a number of years. No-one (lay or cleric) works alone (without another adult being present) with children and young people in the parishes of St John Vianney & St Monica and St Cuthbert and all diocesan and national safeguarding policies and procedures are strictly followed.
The Programme dates, times and locations are as follows (these dates have already been communicated directly to parents/guardians, appear here on this website and on the St Cuthbert’s Parish website – with a reminder appearing on the preceding Parish Newsletter for each week’s session):
Sunday 8th September – Sunday Masses with Enrollment of Confirmation Candidates (10am or 11am)
Tuesday 10th September – 5.30pm – 6.30pm at St John Vianney’s (meet first in Church)
Tuesday 17th September – 5.30pm – 6.30pm at St John Vianney’s
Sunday 29th September – 10.00am Mass at St Cuthbert’s; followed by a Church session – Understanding the Church Building
Tuesday 1st October – 5.30pm – 6.30pm at St John Vianney’s
Saturday 12th October – 10.30am – 2.30pm Recollection Day at St John Vianney’s (packed lunch required)
Tuesday 22nd October – 5.30pm – 6.30pm at St John Vianney’s
Tuesday 12th November – 5.30pm – 6.30pm at St John Vianney’s
Attendance at all Masses and sessions is required to be considered ready for Confirmation this year.
The rehearsal with Confessions and the Confirmation Mass itself will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church this year.
The actual dates for the Rehearsal and the celebration of Confession prior to the celebration of Confirmation itself will be given during the Programme itself so as to have them close together. These dates rely entirely on the Bishop’s diary and so are not negotiable.