Family Catechesis: from First Reconciliation to Confirmation

We follow the Diocesan programme for the initiation of children into full communion with the Catholic Church. This journey starts in Year 3 with First Reconciliation and continues with First Communion when children are in Year 4. Both of these programmes are delivered in St Joseph’s School. Gillian Flannery coordinates a programme in parallel for children who are at other schools; please contact her via the Parish Office no later than December.

Please note that if you have moved into the area since the children were baptised, there always seems to be a last-minute scramble to get copies of baptismal certificates, so track them down now!

Confirmation takes place while Children are in Year 6 and the programme is run by the Parish.  It is a family catechesis programme, with a parent or carer attending and working through the material with their children; it has proved a popular way to explore and review the basis of our Catholic faith together. The parent or carer does not have to be Catholic but should be supportive of the Confirmation step. However, the child’s Confirmation sponsor does have to be a practising Catholic, perhaps a Godparent, relative or friend.

The programme starts with a one-day weekend retreat in October and Confirmation takes place in early Spring. Please contact the Parish Office no later than the September of Year 6.