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Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation. The other two are Baptism and the Eucharist.

Please submit the online application form by clicking on the link


Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated each year in St John's Cathedral by Bishop Philip and  will be conferred on young people from Our Lady and St Dominic and across the Pastoral Area in 2024 (date yet to be advised). 


We will be starting an exciting programme of preparation to receive the Sacrament beginning on Friday 24th November 2023.


Sessions will take place on every alternate Friday from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm mainly at
Our Lady and St Dominic Church Hall. 


The sessions will feature food, film, faith and fun, and candidates are encouraged to bring their hopes, fears, questions, doubts, aspirations and spiritual experience to the lively discussions and informative teachings. 

The Sacrament is open to all young people who will be at least 13 or over during the current academic year.  To apply, please fill in the online form as soon as possible as we need to know the number of candidates to send the details to the Diocese.


We request young people who have already been confirmed and would like to be involved as assistant catechists in the programme to please contact Anthony and Mandy Connelly, the lead catechists running the programme.


We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic people to train as catechists to help deliver our youth-based sacramental programmes. If you would be interested in joining our team, please contact Fr Anthony Lobo.



Mass attendance is expected by candidates on Weekends.
Mass times are Saturday 5.30 pm; Sunday 9.00 am and 10.30 am.

The suggested donation towards the costs of Confirmation Preparation Programme 2023-2024 is £30 per young person.

By cheque: CDP Farnborough Our Lady & St Dominic

By Bank Transfer: CDP Farnborough Our Lady & St Dominic

Account Number: 00877965

Sort Code: 309304

Quoting Reference: Confirmation and the young person’s surname

Coordinating Catechists
Anthony and Mandy Connelly


Priest in Charge
Fr Anthony Clifford Lobo SDB


Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. The other two are Baptism and the First Holy Communion.


Confirmation is a sign that a person has reached maturity and is now able to take responsibility for their own faith. It also strengthens and deepens the connection to the Church that is established at baptism.

The Sacrament of Confirmation typically takes place in early teenage years, when a child starts to be seen as an adult member of the Church. This is because they are now considered old enough to renew and confirm for themselves vows that were made on their behalf when they were baptised. However, there is no set age for the confirmation rite, and people are often confirmed as adults.

Confirmation usually takes place during a Mass that is given by the bishop.

Importantly, the bishop anoints the believer’s forehead with holy oil called chrism.

The four parts of Confirmation 

  • Presentation of the candidate - The candidates awaiting confirmation are summoned.

  • Renewal of baptismal vows - The candidates renew the promises made at their baptism.

  • Laying on of hands - The candidate being confirmed kneels before the bishop, who reads out the candidate’s chosen confirmation name. A sponsor places their right hand on the shoulder of the candidate and the bishop lays his hands on the candidate’s head. This is to call down the power and blessing of God.

  • Anointing with chrism - The bishop then anoints the candidate with chrism, which is holy oil. The bishop then makes a sign of the cross on the candidate’s forehead, saying the words “be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit”. The bishop then says “peace be with you”, which the candidate repeats back to the bishop.

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