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In our diocese, confirmation is usually received at the age of 10 or 11 years. For adults, it may be the ultimate completion of the wider Right of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) course and reception into the Catholic Church.

Confirmation at St Mary’s

The sacrament normally takes place during Mass. After the Liturgy of the Word, candidates for Confirmation are asked to renew their Baptismal Promises. These take the place of the reciting of the Creed and largely follow the tenets set out in the Apostles’ Creed, rejecting evil and a profession of Faith, in a question and answer format.

Confirmation is usually administered by a bishop, who calls down the power and blessing of God by extending his hands over the candidate – emulating the actions of Christ and his apostles. The bishop then anoints the candidate on the forehead with the Sign of the Cross with the Oil of Chrism, with the words: be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. He then offers the Sign of Peace with the words: Peace be with you.

In our parish the ceremony usually takes place every couple of years but for adult reception into the Church, permission may be obtained for the sacrament to be delegated to and administered by the parish priest to avoid undue delay.

For further information, please contact the Parish Office by phone or use our Contact form.

St Mary's Catholic Church

Address: St Mary's Catholic Church Compton
ST13 5NH
United Kingdom

Phone Number: 01538 382385

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Weekly Mass Times

Day Type Time
Mon Mass 10:00 am
Tue Mass 10:00 am
Wed -
Thu Mass 10:00 am
Fri Mass at School (during term times)
Sat Confessions 10 - 10:30 am
Vigil Mass 6:00 pm
Sun Mass 10:00 am
Rosary and Benediction   4:00 pm

Particular Mass times may vary, so be sure to check out the What's On guide for updates.

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