Young Disciples

In October 2023, we launched our youth group ‘Young Disciples’ for those aged 11-18. This group gave the young people in our parishes space to discover more about their own personal relationship with Our Lord and to learn more about Church teaching. It has been wonderful for both leaders and youth to come together and grow as a community dedicated to Our Lord.

But what do we do in Young Disciples? We meet every week during term time (not including bank holidays), play some games, get to know one another, explore the Bible and Catechism, but most importantly grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus (through prayer and discussions). In academic year 2023-24, we’ve looked at topics such as forgiveness, Stations of the Cross and living for Christ. In 2024-25, we’re hoping to start by welcoming any Confirmation candidates (as well as returning/new members) and accompanying them on their journey with our Lord and to the sacraments.

From 10th September 2024, Young Disciples will be meeting every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm at St Dyfrig’s Church Hall. If you are interested in joining, or looking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, please sign up here: tinyurl.com/OLOV-YD24

Yes! Young Disciples is not a confirmation course (though it offers a pathway to Confirmation for those who need one).

Some young people are confirmed at a younger age. There are dioceses (such as Birmingham) where top-year primary school children are routinely confirmed. There are traditions in the Eastern Catholic Church where babies are confirmed (christmated) on their baptism day. And canon law urges that children as young as 8 should be confirmed on their baptism day in Western practice. So there are many reasons why someone seen as ‘confirmation age’ might already in fact be confirmed.

Living as a Confirmed Catholic is best practiced in a supportive community. A young person already confirmed and serious about living out their Catholic faith will flourish in the company of others trying to live the same way.

Yes! Young Disciples allows you to live out your Catholic faith in an age-appropriate way, and so provides an excellent foundation for being confirmed.

You will need to be at least in Year 8 to be considered for confirmation. But you will not be put forward until you are ‘ready’. What does ‘ready’ look like? It will include some personal commitment to prayer, attending Sunday Mass, going to confession from time to time and taking part in a retreat. You may be offered a short set of mentoring sessions and/or a retreat day as preparation for confirmation.

Yes! If you are already in Secondary School then Young Disciples offers you a pathway not only to Confirmation but also to First Communion.

If you are a baptised Catholic, you can be put forward for First Communion as soon as you are ‘ready’. What does ‘ready’ look like? It will include some personal commitment to prayer, attending Mass, and making your first confession. You may be invited to participate with younger children in their First Communion Retreat Day and then their First Communion Mass, but you could also to choose to make your First Communion in a low-key way at any Mass of your choosing.

Yes! If you are already in Secondary School then Young Disciples offers you a pathway not only to Confirmation but also to First Communion and reception into the Catholic Church.

If you are not yet aged 14this can be done in a less formal way. Your parish priest is authorised to receive and confirm you as soon as you are ‘ready’. What does ‘ready’ look like? It will include some personal commitment to prayer, attending Mass, and making your first confession.

If you are already 14, you will need to follow the same process as adults becoming Catholic: a visit to the Cathedral at 3 pm on the First Sunday of Lent; a ‘penitential scrutiny’ at Sunday Mass on the 2nd Sunday of Lent; and your initiation (reception, confirmation and First Communion) at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, after sunset (another date can be chosen for pastoral reasons).

Yes! Young Disciples allows you to live out the Catholic faith in an age-appropriate way, and so provides an excellent foundation for joining the Catholic Church. If you are not already baptised, then membership of the church comes through baptism.

If you are not yet aged 14this can be done in a less formal way. Your parish priest is authorised to baptise and confirm you as soon as you are ‘ready’. What does ‘ready’ look like? It will include some personal commitment to prayer, attending Sunday Mass, and understanding what it means to commit to be a follower of Jesus. Your baptism, confirmation and first communion would generally take place at a Sunday or Holy Day Mass.

If you are already 14, you will need to follow the same process as adults becoming Catholic: enrolment as a ‘catechumen’ around New Year; a visit to the Cathedral at 3 pm on the First Sunday of Lent; ‘scrutinies’ at Sunday Mass on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent; and your initiation (baptism, confirmation and First Communion) at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, after sunset (another date can be chosen for pastoral reasons).