Roman Catholic Church
Stratford-upon-Avon

Confirmation

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Sacrament of Confirmation confers special graces of the Holy Spirit upon the person being confirmed, just as such graces were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost. Like Baptism, therefore, it can only be performed once, and Confirmation increases and deepens all of the graces granted at Baptism.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists five effects of Confirmation:

  • it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation [as sons of God] which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!";
  • it unites us more firmly to Christ;
  • it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
  • it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
  • it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.
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Parish Programme

2017 Confirmation. The planning meeting for this will be held in the meeting room at St Gregory's on Wednesday 5th July 7.00pm. All welcome - if you know of anyone interested in helping please let them know.

The parish programme is run bi-annually for candidates at Year 10 level or older. Anyone interested should complete an application form and return to the parish office together with a letter addressed to the parish priest on why he/she wants to be confirmed.

It is expected that candidates, their families and sponsors attend the Youlbury weekend camp. There will also be a Day of Recollection prior to Confirmation.

The sessions are run in relaxed style, inter-active, lively and enjoyable. Together the candidates explore the deeper meaning of what it is to be a Christian in today’s world, discover the richness and treasures of the Church and most importantly, develop a closer and more personal relationship with God.

As with other sacraments, faithful weekend Mass attendance is an integral and important part of this preparation.

Mass Times

22nd/23rd July 2017 The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time( year A)

St Gregory's
Saturday Vigil Mass: 5.30pm

Sunday:8.15am: Mass

Solemn High Mass
:11.15am. 
 
Polish Mass: 1.00pm

Our Lady of Peace
Sunday 9.30am

Weekday Masses
Monday 24th: 9.30am:Communion Service

Tuesday 25th :9.30am Mass

Wednesday 26th: 9.30am  Mass

Thursday 27th: 9.30am Mass.  

 Friday 28th:  9.30am Mass.
7.00pm Mass for the lately dead and July anniversaries



Saturday 29th July : 10.30 -11.30am CONFESSIONS
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 Monastic Experience Initiative at Douai  Abbey Friday 27th - Sunday 29th October 2017

Find out more by going to Vocations on the Sacraments page.


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