Holy Rood Youth Ministry

Welcome to the Youth Ministry page at Holy Rood

Confirmation Programme


For all information including dates for the current confirmation programme, please visit the Confirmation Information Page.


We want everyone involved in Youth Ministry activities and sessions, groups and events to feel welcome, at home and safe. Holy Rood Youth Ministry Team members and helpers will be following diocesan safeguarding guidelines and we expect young people, supported by their parents/ carers to look at and follow our code of conduct. Parents / carers will also need to have completed a YM consent form which can be downloaded here. To find out who the Safeguarding Representatives are at Holy Rood, click here, or to find out more about the Clifton Diocese Safeguarding Policy, follow the links at the Diocesan Website here.


The Holy Rood Youth Ministry Team is keen to provide a varied programme of events, some regular and others one-off. If you have a suggestion for an event, please speak to a member of the team or contact us and we will be happy to discuss it.

Upcoming events

Annual Youth Convention – Goan Chaplaincy

Saturday 23rd July 2022 – theme ‘Cast out into the deep’. There are some fantastic speakers organised for the day, so do make an effort to attend. St Peter’s Church, West Swindon, 10.30 – 4.30pm

Swindon Forge

August 26-29 2022 – a 4 day retreat for young people 13-18 years of age from any denominational background, or none. £50 or free via sponsorship – enquire for more details.



Your Chance to Tell Us!

We love to hear from you – what you think about our activities, feedback on the webpages, ideas for events, basically about anything relevant to you and / or our journey together!


Skydive for SYFC

If you would like to read about the experience of skydiving, click here!

Youth Worker – Job Vacancy

a Part-time (25 hours/week) Youth Worker role is available at Holy Rood. If you have a relevant qualification and experience in working with children and young people, ideally in a Catholic setting, we would like to hear from you. Further details and an application form can be downloaded here. Please note that the closing date for applications has been extended to 15th September 2022.

Job description

Application form


HRYM Newsletter


Some past issues of our newsletters can be found by clicking on the appropriate link

Edition 4                   Edition 5                 Edition 6

Edition 7

Personal Well-being post COVID-19

The pandemic is far from over, but now as we emerge from all restrictions and get back to our ‘normal’ activities, we may feel far from ‘normal’. This helpful resource from the NHS offers tips on self-care and how to promote healthy minds and bodies, as well as lots of information on where to get help if you need it. Check it out here.

Clifton Youth Ministry

Holy Rood Youth Ministry is part of the wider Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry – click here for the Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry website pages to keep informed of what is going on throughout our area. You will find here other opportunities for attending summer camps too!

If you are interested in finding out about Youth Ministry across the country, try checking out the following websites:



Chosen Youth

Are you aged 16 years+ and interested in linking up with other young people who are eager to use their talents and ideas to spread the word of God? Chosen Youth is a group of vibrant and creative young people, part of Holy Rood Youth Ministry and supported by it. They can be contacted through the following link Chosen Youth

The Bible Hub

What do you do when life seems unfair?

How do you feel when your results are not what you were hoping for?

Do you believe in the promises God makes to you in the Bible?

We would love you to be creative with your favourite Bible verses – the ones that speak to you in the good times and the bad – the ones that have helped you through tough times. We would also love it if you felt able to share your creations with us so we can share them with others; your creation might speak to and help someone else who is going through their own tough time.

For more information, check in with Chosen Youth Bible Hub



We are always looking to recruit and train suitable new helpers. Could you be a helper? We are looking for more people for Children’s Liturgy of the Word, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. As a volunteer you will receive support from your team and via regular, monthly team building and training days. Do get in touch with us via the parish office or by email if you’d like to know more: hrym.swindon@cliftondiocese.com and / or download an application form below: You will be asked to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check if you join our Youth Ministry Team.

Visit the Volunteers Page here


Carlo Acutis

On October 10th 2020 Carlo Acutis was beatified in Assisi. Although Italian, Carlo was born in London on 3 May 1991, baptised in the church of Our Lady of Dolours – just down the road from Chelsea football ground! He died of leukemia in Milan at the age of just 15. Carlo was a thoroughly normal teenager, but with a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He was a computer wizard and he used his technical skills to spread the good news of Jesus. He developed a website which catalogued Eucharistic miracles, which became the genesis of The Eucharistic Miracles of the World, an international exhibition.

Acutis said, “to always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan. I’m happy to die because I’ve lived my life without wasting even a minute of it doing things that wouldn’t have pleased God.”

What an inspiration to us all! Find out more about Carlo by watching this short video by CymFed:

Holy Hour

The next Youth Holy Hour will be in the Autumn – if you would like to be involved in the planning and running of Holy Hours, do get in touch!

Saint of the Month

Our saint for August is St. Cajetan.

Saint Cajetan, was an Italian Catholic priest and a religious reformer, co-founder of Theatines. He is recognised as a saint in the Catholic church, and his feast day is 7 August.

To know more about St. Cajetan, click here






Catholic Saints online – catholic.org/saints -is a great website for finding out about our Catholic Saints. For a mini bio on some of the more well know saints, follow this link.

Synod for a Synodal Church

The origin of the word synodal comes from two Greek words meaning being on the same road, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus. In practical terms, Pope Francis and Bishop Declan are asking us to gather as the Catholic Church right here and right now in this place in Swindon to listen to each other’s joys and hopes, and sadness’s and worries. We are being invited to listen to each other and speak together about how we can accompany each other as we seek to grow in holiness. Listening and speaking within the Church always involves prayer so that we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.




Resources Catalogue

Are you looking for a new prayer app or resource to help you with your faith journey? check out our online resource catalogue here.

Holy Rood Youth Ministry Officer

Hi, my name is Ruth Barrett and I have been in post as Youth Ministry Officer in Holy Rood since January 2018. I have been a parishioner at Holy Rood since 1997, and have done a variety of different jobs since moving to Swindon in 1985. Before taking on this role, I had been working as a Primary School Teacher having qualified in 2007. My vision for Youth Ministry in Holy Rood is to empower all our young people to live out an active Christian faith as part of the wider Catholic community in Swindon; to never be ashamed to own Christ as their Lord and Saviour and to become the unique people that God has intended them to be.


Born for This

Tuesday 12th April 2022, was the date for Born for This –  a production performed after a full day spent learning the songs, music and drama. The day began at 9am and about 30 young people took part from HRYM and the Goan Chaplaincy. They did an amazing job and the church was well attended for the performance at 7pm. It was a powerful and very moving adaptation of the Passion of Christ and many of the congregation were significantly moved by the performance. Well done everyone!



Confirmation Programme

Confirmation at Holy Rood is constantly evolving – we aim to make the programme fun and relevant to Young People, so we use modern material and a small group format. Each session consists of games, group activities, DVD input and discussions in small groups. Enrolment on the programme is over a period of a few weeks once a year, online using the church registration system.

Registration for the next programme is now open for confirmation in the summer of 2023. We are taking registrations from candidates in school year 10 or above as at 1st September 2022. To register, go to the home page of this website and click on Parish Registration.

Candidates – click on Confirmation Programme above to go to the Confirmation Information Page!

World Youth Day – July / August 2023

World Youth Day is the largest gathering of Catholic Youth in the world and the next one originally planned for the summer of 2022, will now be held in the summer of 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. Interested Young People should notify us as soon as possible, since fundraising events pay for the costs involved in the trip. HRYM will support any Young Person wishing to attend WYD 2023, by assisting with fundraising activities and possibly a small bursary. Please speak to Ruth Barrett, HRYM Officer, for more details and to register your interest.