Welcome to the Confirmation Information Page!
This page is for all current confirmation candidates at Holy Rood, Swindon. Here you will find all you need to know about the programme – including dates, so if you’ve forgotten where you need to be when, you can find out here!
Confirmation 2020/2021 Programme
If you have not already collected your Confirmation Photograph, please do so as soon as possible, from the Church Office during open hours: Mondays 11am – 1pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am – 1pm.
We very much hope that you will choose to stay in contact with us – those of you who opted in to receive our information post-confirmation will receive regular updates with news of events and activities you may be interested in. If you did not opt in at registration and would like to receive emails from us, please let us know by dropping us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmation 2021/2022 Programme
If you have not yet returned a parental consent form, shown us your baptism certificate, or made the confirmation payment, please make sure this is completed as soon as possible.
Please familiarise yourself with the Youth Ministry and Confirmation pages of the church website. These pages are used for communication as well as information and advertising of events. The Confirmation Information page is especially important as all information relevant to the current confirmation programme will be posted there. We communicate with parents via email and with candidates via WhatsApp or text, so it is important that we hold up to date contact details. Please let us know as soon as possible if you change your email address or phone number, or if you are not receiving emails or messages.
We very much look forward to working with you and your family over the coming months. Please do not hesitate to contact us on our email, email@example.com, if you have any questions, or if you would like us to know about any special requirements which would help your son or daughter to get the most out of their confirmation preparation.
Confirmation Calendar – to view the calendar click here.
Day 1 – January 15th 2022
The first day session of the programme is Saturday 15th January 2022 starting at 9.30am. Please arrive in good time and bring with you your badge and a face covering. You will also need a packed lunch and drinks for the day – please note that you will not be able to leave the venue in order to buy food or drink. Make sure you know how to get there – don’t leave this until the day in case you get lost! Follow this link to see the location on Google maps
The day will finish promptly at 3.30pm
All should have received an email regarding Covid-19 and what we are doing to keep candidates safe – you can read the email here.
The homework from session 1 to be completed and brought to session 2, can be found here.
There is a fee for taking part in the confirmation payment – this covers all sessions, resources used and supplied, administration costs, and the cost of the confirmation photograph. Please pay this fee promptly, at the latest by 1st November 2021.
Payment can be made online using the Paypal button below – the fee is £31.
Prayer Apps, Aids and Resources
Below is a list of recommended resources which you may like to try to get the most out of your prayer time. For more resources check out our online resources catalogue here. If you would like us to add anything to this catalogue, just let us know!
Universalis – an online missal which also offers Lectio Divina, Spiritual Readings and the Rosary. This App has a one-off charge, currently £10.99
YouCat Daily – a free app which offers a daily 5 minute dose of the most important texts of the Catholic church, includes an explanation of how the reading relates to our daily lives and an inspirational quote.
Pray as You Go – a daily prayer session designed for portable devices, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling. There is no cost for this app.
Sacred Space – another free app, Sacred Space is inspired by the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. The app guides you through a session of prayer in six stages; the presence of God, freedom, consciousness, the Word, conversation and conclusion. Each stage is a kind of exercise or meditation aimed at helping you get in touch with God and God’s presence in your life.
10 Steps to Prayer from YouCat Prayer Book – follow the Little School of Prayer from YouCat, accessible from the link to Clifton Diocese Website below. You will be taken to a page called Beholding God, click on Prayer in…the Catechism to find these helpful 10 steps. The page has lots of other great stuff on it too!
Called to More – The Definitive Guide to Prayer
You can find Called for More on the internet – www.calledtomore.org or follow them on Facebook – they are a Catholic apostolate based in Dublin, Ireland. They have released a series of 5 videos called Colloquy 1 – 5, the first one being about improving your personal prayer life. Find it on YouTube.
Interesting / Recommended Resources
Check out @youthministryteam on FaceBook –
The Youth Ministry Team (YMT) was set up at the request of Bishop Ambrose Griffiths back in 1993. The main purpose is to communicate the Gospel using various creative means to the young.
“We gather young people from all over the world to live a community lifestyle for a 10-month volunteer programme, which includes training in various ways of communicating the Gospel. Each team member receives full board, accommodation and monthly allowance along with training in creative evangelisation such as drama, mime and effective communication.”
Their latest video discusses The Creed – why do we say this as part of our mass celebration?