It is a great blessing from God that so many people come to faith and are baptised and confirmed each year at St Benet’s as adults.
If you are an adult or a teenager and want to be baptised and/or confirmed, you must undertake a course of preparation called catechesis. You are welcome to seek confirmation at any age from about 7 or 8 years upwards. This takes place over several months in order to give you a thorough grounding in knowledge of the Christian faith.
Our catechesis course usually starts in Autumn at the beginning of the “academic” year and runs through to the confirmation which is often in the Spring. As a result of the Covid lockdown, however, our confirmation for 2020 had to be postponed. A new date has been fixed for Sunday 13th December 2020.
This course of study is also available for anyone who wants to refresh their knowledge of the Christian faith or who wishes publicly to re-affirm their baptismal faith.
Our candidates for baptism and confirmation meet once a week and follow a course that explores a range of different ideas in the realm of Christian doctrine, the scriptures, the sacraments, Christian history, the demands of the Christian life, making a rule of life, and exploring different ways of praying. There is also a series of educational excursions which take place as part of our catechesis programme. These include a visit to Westminster Abbey, a trip to the House of Commons, a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, and a pilgrimage to Walsingham for their children’s pilgrimage.