Our Confirmation Preparation Programme
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 closed. Our new single programme for both parishes will begin shortly as per the detail communicated in the Parish Newsletter.
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.
Keep an eye, regularly, on the Parish Newsletter – where all Confirmation preparation programme updates will be communicated.