On Monday 20th June, the feast day of our parish patron, St Alban, ten of our younger parishioners received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Patrick McKinney. The Mass setting was beautiful and we sang uplifting hymns including ‘Bread of Life’ and ‘Shine Jesus Shine.’ It was a special evening not only for the young people but also their families, sponsors, friends and the whole community.
Bishop Patrick spoke in his homily about the courage it takes in today’s society for a young person to publicly declare their Christian faith and we were privileged to witness Charles, Ciara, Joe, Louis, Niamh, Oliver, Orla, Samuele and Thomas doing just that.
We were treated to the debut performance of the Derby Deanery Youth Choir, led by Jo Rowlands, as they sang ‘Lord You Have My Heart.’
The Mass was followed by delicious refreshments.
Thank you to everyone who prepared the young people, led the worship and helped out behind the scenes.
Please keep the newly Confirmed in your prayers.