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Confirmation Programme

Confirmation preparation for Thames Isis Pastoral Area is now centrally co-ordinated with each Parish using the same syllabus.

Each parish has a group or a combined group with a smaller parish with candidates meeting weekly.

Didcot Confirmation Group - 2009

The candidates for the Area also meet up as a group on four occasions for a full day covering topics from the syllabus. It is hoped that each candidate will get to know not only young people from their own Parish but young people from the Area as well.

Confirmation Syllabus.

Candidates are normally in year 8 at school but this is flexible.

The course takes between fifteen and twenty weeks with sessions lasting two hours. For details about classes contact the Parish .
Topics covered include:


  • Why baptism?
  • What does baptism do?
  • How do we live our baptism?
  • Responsibilities of Baptism.
  • Does Baptism make a difference in our lives?
  • Sign and Symbol.

The Mass.

  • History.
  • Structure ; Liturgy of the Word/ Liturgy of the Eucharist. Where to find the texts. How to be more involved.
  • Importance . Why do we go to Mass?

The Church

  • Belonging • Mission and Ministry
  • How do we do church?
  • What is it to be a member of the Church?
  • The Creed


  • The Ten Commandments / Where to find them? /How they came about /How do we live the commandments? How are they relevant today?
  • The Beatitudes / Where we find them/ Why important/ Links with Christian living and commandments.
  • Precepts of the Church / rules of the church / How do we live the rules of the Church? Why are there rules to follow?
  • Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Images of God/ Jesus (in scripture and tradition)

The Sacraments

  • The origin of the Sacraments
  • Baptism
  • Eucharist
  • Confirmation
  • Reconciliation
  • Matrimony
  • Holy Orders
  • Sick


  • History and development of sacred scripture
  • How to find your way around the Bible
  • How do we use the Bible


  • How do we pray
  • Forms of prayer
  • Traditional prayer in the Church: Divine Office: Rosary: Meditation:


If you would like your child to join in the next programme of preparation, please contact your Parish Office.