The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism on the forehead together with the words “(Name), be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”, the seal of the gift that is the Holy Spirit.

The consecration of the sacred Chrism is an important action that proceeds the celebration of Confirmation but is in a certain way part of it. It is the Bishop who, in the course of the Chrism Mass of Wednesday of Holy Week, consecrates the sacred Chrism for the whole diocese.

Within the Cheltenham deanery, (including Sacred Heart, St Gregory the Great and St Thomas More’s), Confirmation for our teenagers (and the Confirmation programme for them leading up to it) takes place every two years. Bishop Declan will be conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, 3rd October 2020 at 11.00am. If you wish to join the preparation programme, please complete the online  Application form before the 29th November, 2019

This course is open ALL the parishes within the deanery. This course is for any teenager in school-year 9 or above.

For adults who are baptised Catholics and who wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, please contact the parish priest directly.

For adults who are not baptised, you would be very welcome to join what we call our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) group.  This group is also very helpful for non-Catholic Christians who wish to enter the Catholic Church and become confirmed Catholics.