Confirmation Programme 2016-17
Our Parish Confirmation programme is run by Fr Liam and 2 Catechists (Bernie S and Deacon Gary).
The aim of the programme is to prepare our young people for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation which both confirms their faith and helps them to become fully committed adults in the church.
The programme runs from November to May culminating with the Confirmation in Arundel Cathedral in May for the whole of Worthing Deanery. Young people can apply by picking up an application form from Fr. Liam. We usually put an item in the Parish newsletter indicating when these are available.
We take young people from year 10 and up in secondary school and usually have quite diverse groups from several of the secondary schools throughout the Deanery and Diocese. We try to keep close links with Chatsmore Catholic High School in particular.
We start our programme with a meeting for parents and candidates. Thereafter the group meet usually once a fortnight, either, in the Presbytery or the Barn depending on the size of the group. We do not have meetings during the school holidays or during feasts such as Christmas or Easter.
In January we have a service of Commitment usually with the Bishop or the Dean, this is for all candidates from the whole Deanery so the young people can meet each other and hopefully Bishop Richard.
Throughout the programme we have Masses at which the young people if they wish may participate by reading or taking up the gifts for the Consecration.
We do endeavour to have at least one day of retreat during the programme.
Bernie S & Deacon Gary Bevans