A Celebration of Confirmation and First Holy Communion

On Saturday 11th May families and friends came together in the Chapel at St Mary’s for the Confirmation and First Holy Communion sacraments. Administered by The Right Reverend Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton, 18 girls were confirmed along with 10 children receiving their First Holy Communion. It was particularly nice to welcome pupils from Leweston and Port Regis, who also spent the last few months preparing for the day. People travelled from Switzerland, France, Germany and Spain to celebrate with their families.

The Mass was a wonderful celebration in which around 200 guests sang their hearts out, led by the St Mary’s Chapel Choir. After the service, the congregation enjoyed a buffet lunch on the Head’s Lawn. The sun shone and families and friends celebrated together on this joyous occasion.

Thanks must go to all those who helped make it such a special day, particularly Mrs Bowe for the overall organisation, Miss Coffin for administration, Miss Connolly and Mr Forrester for catechesis, Mrs Roberts for the flowers, Taher and the team for the buffet and Mrs Forrester for the cakes.

More photos can be seen here.

In the evening, the Anglican Confirmation service at Salisbury Cathedral took place, led by Bishop Nicholas. This year’s candidate, Agatha, had been prepared by our catechists, and a local priest. Agatha’s Confirmation concluded with a procession in which all candidates carried a lighted candle. Like the earlier Confirmation service at St Mary’s, this was a very symbolic event, completing a wonderful day which extolled solidness and meaningfulness. It was a truly uplifting and spiritual experience.

St Mary's Shaftesbury-A Celebration of Confirmation and First Holy Communion at St Mary’s 1