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Now Open: Applying to join our next Confirmation Preparation Programme

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

Applications to join our next Confirmation Preparation Programme in 2019 in our parish of St John Vianney & St Monica and our sister (linked) parish of St Cuthbert’s, Blackpool are now open.  Our new single programme for both parishes will begin shortly.

Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation can take place only once in the lives of the baptized 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 deep faith in Jesus and a reasonable awareness of what he/she is doing. Therefore it is important that those thinking of being confirmed prepare seriously and well. The preparation programme is entirely parish-based and not through the Catholic school system.

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 we believe as Catholics. For this, if for no other reason, those wishing to be part of this programme of preparation must make punctual attendance a great commitment for the duration of the course. It is expected that every candidate and their families 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 parishes of St John Vianney & St Monica and St Cuthbert and all diocesan and national safeguarding policies and procedures are strictly followed.

Anyone wishing to be Confirmed in our parishes should begin by reading the introductory letter and completing the application form available at the back of our St John Vianney and St Cuthbert’s churches and also appearing here.

If, after reading the introductory letter from Fr Etienne and it is still is your wish to begin this journey and commitment towards Confirmation, according to our expectations, please complete and sign the attached (overleaf) application form and with a copy of your baptismal certificate return them directly to Fr Etienne (not via schools or other agencies) at:

Fr D Etienne, St John Vianney’s Presbytery, 26 Glastonbury Avenue, Blackpool, FY1 6RD

or email the completed form to him at: stjohnvianneyblackpool@gmail.com

– all by Sunday 7 July 2019.

If anyone from outside of St John Vianney & St Monica’s parish or St Cuthbert’s parish is interested to be confirmed in our parishes they will need to present written permission to us from their own Parish Priest in order to enroll with us. 

Once Fr Etienne has received all the application forms by 7 July, he will be in touch again, via the Parish Newsletter, with details of our welcome meeting and subsequent sessions. Keep an eye on the Parish Newsletter – where all Confirmation preparation programme updates will be communicated.

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