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Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.89 For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated by the Bishop most years in tandem with our sister (linked) parish of St Cuthbert’s on Lytham Road. The Sacrament is conferred on children of school year 6 age and older. 

Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation can take place only once in our lives and completes our initiation into the Catholic Church, through which we are full members of the Church. This is not something which should be undertaken lightly. It is important that anyone being confirmed does so with faith in Jesus and a reasonable awareness of what he/she is doing. Therefore it is important that those thinking of being confirmed prepare well.

Building a sense of friendship in the group is very important so that those being prepared are able to offer support to one another as they explore and live out their faith in a world increasingly ignorant and even hostile to what they believe. For this, if for no other reason, those wishing to be part of this programme of preparation must make it a great commitment for the duration of the course. It is expected that every candidate will attend all sessions in addition to participation at Sunday Mass every week. No-one (lay or cleric) works alone (without another adult being present) with children and young people in the parish of St John Vianney and St Monica and all diocesan and national safeguarding policies and procedures are strictly followed.

Anyone wishing to be Confirmed would begin by completing the application form available at the back of our St John Vianney and St Cuthbert’s churches. If anyone from outside of St John Vianney & St Monica’s parish or St Cuthbert’s parish is interested they need to have written permission from their own Parish Priest in order to enrol. With the completed application form please provide a copy of a Baptism certificate for the young person if they were baptised outside of St John Vianney & St Monica and St Cuthbert’s parishes. 

Anyone interested in Confirmation for 2019 should contact Fr Etienne at the parish email address; stjohnvianneyblackpool@gmail.com

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