Thursday 1st February 2024


First, Canon John and Catechists warmly welcome our candidates and their families to our  Confirmation Programme 2024.

This evening , Thursday 1st February, we commence with registration of all the candidates who have sent in their paperwork/deadline December 17th 2023.

This starts at 19000h with an introduction by Canon John followed by the catechists who will tell us about  the Sacramental preparation.

Next week Thursday 8th, Session one will take place at 1900h and finish for 20:00h.

It is important that we follow closely the guidelines provided by the catechists,  with  the Health and Safety of each candidate paramount.

The celebration of Confirmation Bishop David Oakley is always a highlight of our year in the lovely surroundings of St Clare Church and grounds. It is always a very memorable occasion.

Please note the following if you are planning to apply for your child to join this Programme.

1 Your family needs to be registered with the parish of St Joseph and St Clare if this has not been done already. The candidate for Confirmation must have a Baptism certificate and sent to Fr John with all the returned documents. No one can be confirmed without a Baptism certificate.

2 If you are not already registered, this can be done by attending Fr John’s surgery on a Saturday morning at St Josephs church 10:00h – 11:30h and doing so.

3 All the documents pertaining to this Sacrament are now posted on the parish website “Sacraments” Confirmation. All  relevant documents must be returned in an envelope in hard copy, with the title “Confirmation 2024 ”  The candidate’s name should be printed clearly on the envelope with a list of the documents returned. A contactable mob phone number should also be written on the envelope.  Please print clearly.  This enables us acknowledge all correspondence quickly. Do note we do not accept any returns online. On Confirmation Day, all documents submitted will be returned to you.  Please note that no one is accepted on the programme after Sunday 17th December 18:00h. Should you fail to meet this deadline,  you can reapply for the 2025 programme.

4 These documents, when completed, should be  returned to St Joseph’s presbytery by Sunday 17th December by 18:00h via letterbox. (White door) No one is admitted to the programme who has not returned their documents by the given date of return December 17th 2023.


5 Kindly make a remittance to St Joseph and St Clare Parish for £20 00 per candidate by cash or cheque and enclose in the envelope Marked “Confirmation 2024”. This money covers the cost of Heating/Lighting/Communication/Paper and Flowers, organists fees for the ceremony on July 15th, 2024, plus gift to Bishop.

7 Registration will take place on Thursday 1st February 2024 at St Clare’s at 19:00h. Attendance at this meeting is obligatory 

8 The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Monday 15th July 2024 at St Clare’s at 19:00h. A full rehearsal will take place on Sunday 14th July at 1500h at St Clare Church.

9 Perhaps now is the time to ensure that you are registered with our parish and also that you have a copy of your child’s Baptism certificate. If you had your child baptised in the parish of St Joseph and St Clare, you will have been given a Baptism certificate at Baptism.

Should you have any questions/observations kindly email,

In Christ.

Canon John P Beirne PP 1st February 2024