At Clifton Cathedral, Confirmation is celebrated annually, and young people are invited to participate fully in their own preparation for this special Sacrament. The Sacrament is normally conferred by the Bishop, who lays hands on the candidate and anoints them with the Sacred Chrism using the words 'Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.'

If you are in Year 9 or above, and have been baptised but not yet confirmed, then think about joining our programme starting in March 2019, leading to Confirmation by Bishop Declan at the 6pm Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost. Led by a small team of catechists, you’ll be prepared for this important step in your journey of faith. For further information, or to request an application form, contact Paul Hill ( or Mary Manners (


The Confirmation Programme for 2019 will be issued in early 2019. It is likely to follow a similar schedule to the programme for 2018, which can be found below.


Confirmation Programme 2018

Sessions begin at 6.30pm in the Apostle Room unless otherwise stated.

8th March – Thursday of 3rd week of Lent
Session 1: Are You Ready to be Confirmed?
Open session for enquirers and parents

15th March – Thursday of 4th week of Lent
Session 2: Baptism
Our identity and our relationship with the Father and Jesus Christ

18th March – 5th Sunday of Lent
Enrolment during 6pm Mass

22nd March – Thursday of 5th week of Lent
Session 3: Church
The Christian family. Community. Celebration

29th March – Holy Thursday
Easter Holiday

5th April – Easter Thursday
Easter Holiday

13th April – 2nd Friday of Easter
Session 4: The Eucharist
The source and summit of our faith

19th April – 3rd Thursday of Easter
Session 5: Spirit and Gifts of the Spirit
Light of the World. Gifts and talents / Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

26th April – 4th Thursday of Easter
Session 6: Christian Witness
The Holy Spirit shapes our lives

29th April – 5th Sunday of Easter
Rite of Election during 6pm Mass

3rd May – 5th Thursday of Easter
Session 7: Reconciliation
The sacrament of healing

10th May – Ascension Day
Session 8: Open meeting followed by Mass at 7.30pm

17th May – 7th Thursday of Easter
Session 9: The Rite of Confirmation and its Symbols
Rehearsal in the Cathedral

20th May – Solemnity of Pentecost
Confirmation Mass celebrated by Bishop Declan at 6pm
Followed by a reception in Worcester Gardens or the Apostle Room