Holy Rood and Our Lady & St James


To prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Fr Damian Humphries

The sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptised] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285).

The sacrament of Confirmation is one of the most important ways that the Holy Spirit works in our lives. In Confirmation, God completes, strengthens and seals our baptism. We commit ourselves irrevocably to God, and He seals us, indelibly, with the gift of the Holy Spirit. This sacramental gift can never be repeated, nor can it ever be taken away. Once a confirmed Catholic, always a confirmed Catholic.

The spiritual effects of Confirmation are: (1) an increase of the sanctifying grace we received in baptism; (2) the strengthening of our faith; (3) an indelible mark of adoption imprinted by God on our immortal soul which marks us out for ever as His beloved sons and daughters; (4) the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom gives us a love for the things of God, and directs our whole life to His honour and glory. Understanding enables us to fathom more deeply the mysteries of the faith. Counsel (right judgement) warns us of the tricks and deceptions played by the devil, and puts us on our guard against those things which threaten our salvation. Fortitude (courage) strengthens us to want to try and do the will of God in all the circumstances and events of our life. Knowledge enables us to discern the will of God in all things. Piety (love) makes us love God above all other things, and therefore to want to obey Him because we love Him. Fear of the Lord (reverence) fills us with a hatred for sin in all its aspects and all its effects.

The confirmation programme for 2024 will commence on Thursday 25 January 6.30 – 8.00pm at Holy Rood Parish Hall. Parents are asked to attend the first session and to provide a copy of their child’s baptism certificate. A photocopy rather than the original is perfectly acceptable. A full list of the dates can be seen below. There will be breaks for half term and Easter.

Thursday 25 January
Thursday 1 February
Thursday 8 February
Thursday 22 February
Thursday 29 February
Thursday 14 March
Thursday 21 March
Thursday 11 April
Thursday 18 April
Thursday 25 April
Thursday 2 May
Thursday 9 May

Wednesday 12 June 7.00pm – Confirmation Mass at Holy Rood with Bishop Ralph