Holy Rood Youth Ministry

Welcome to the Youth Ministry page at Holy Rood


Confirmation Programme 2020/21

The paused Confirmation Programme for this year is resuming in October. For full details please visit our Confirmation Information Page via Sacraments, Confirmation. All candidates should have received an email with this information too – if you think you are missing your email, please contact HRYM on our email hrym.swindon@cliftondiocese.com.

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.


HRYM Newsletter

The fifth edition of the HRYM newsletter has arrived although it is currently only available online.  Click below to have a read!

Have a look at previous editions by clicking the relevant link below.

Edition 1

Edition 2

Edition 3

Edition 4

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:




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:

The Venerable Carlo Acutis

The entry on the Baptism Register at Our Lady of Dolours, London

Holy Hour

Holy Hours will be back as soon as possible – look out for news here and on the weekly newsletter!

Synergy Sports


These events are held at Playfootball which is on Techno Trading Estate, Kembrey Park. The address is 29 Bramble Road SN2 8HB. 


Once a term, Swindon Youth for Christ (SYFC) put on a sports evening open to all secondary school age children across Swindon. The event is designed to give Youth Groups a chance to meet up with other Youth Groups from different churches, while providing a safe space for fun, sports and live worship. Each event is £2 to attend and all Young People must have a consent form signed by an adult on their first visit. If you would like to find out more, contact HRYM for details.

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 http://sites.google.com/view/chosen-youth-music/home or find out more by visiting their page here.

My Lockdown Experience

Kimberly Rodrigues, a core member of Chosen Youth, has written and recorded her experience of living in lockdown – you may have already listened to it as it was published on the Clifton Diocese Website – listen to it here!

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 Support and Development Officer, for more details and to register your interest.

Born for This

Born for This is a wonderfully moving adaptation of Christ’s Passion in music and drama. HRYM is looking forward to Lent 2021,when we hope to be able to bring this production to Holy Rood once again.


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, preferably online. Registration dates will be advertised in the Church Newsletter, on this website and on the Youth Ministry noticeboards. 

The suspended 2020 Confirmation Programme will resume this Autumn, with confirmation masses sometime next spring or summer – information will be made available once the dates have been set.