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Paisley’s Confirmation plans at St Mirin’s among largest of their kind in the country

By the end of May, more than 1100 young people from Paisley Diocese will have been confirmed at Paisley’s St Mirin’s Cathedral in the space of one month, which Bishop Philip Tartaglia said ‘may be among the largest events taking place in the Catholic Church in Scotland over the next few weeks.’

A series of eight Masses of Confirmation at the cathedral began on April 24 and is due to be completed on May 24.


Bishop Tartaglia of Paisley (right) is presiding at all the Masses, and is being accompanied by Bishop Emeritus John Mone in confirming the candidates, who are being presented for Confirmation by their parish priests who are also concelebrating the Masses with Bishop Tartaglia and Bishop Emeritus Mone.


An average of 140 candidates are being Confirmed at each Mass, with the children coming from all the parishes and Catholic primary schools in Paisley Diocese.

By May 24, a total of around 1150 young people at the P7 stage of schooling will have been confirmed at St Mirin’s.


“I suspect that these may be among the largest events taking place in the Catholic Church in Scotland over the next few weeks,” Bishop Tartaglia said. “Confirmation is celebrated in different ways in different dioceses. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time in recent history that a Scottish diocese has opted to celebrate Confirmation in this way, bringing all the candidates to the cathedral over a number of Masses so that they may be confirmed by the bishop.”


Confirmation Masses at St Mirin’s have already been celebrated on Tuesday April 24, Thursday 26, Tuesday May 1 and Thursday 3.


The children Confirmed this week were from St Ninian’s Parish, Gourock; St Cadoc’s Parish, Newton Mearns; St Fergus’ Parish, Paisley; St James’ Parish, Paisley; St Mary’s Parish, Paisley; St Mirin’s Cathedral Parish, Paisley; St Paul’s Parish, Paisley.


Further Masses will be celebrated on Thursday May 10, Tuesday 15, Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24. All Masses will begin at 7pm.


Comments - One Response

  1. Adam says:

    Make sure they’re being Catechised properly!

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