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With One Voice

The Catholic Parishes of St Agnes’ Crawcrook, St Joseph’s Highfield and Our Lady of Lourdes Chopwell

Part of the Ovingham Parish Partnership in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle


Preparation for this sacrament takes place for Year 9, 10 and above students and is taught jointly with other deanery parishes. The new diocesan guidelines suggest resources for priests, catechists and a particular foundational unit is taught in our Catholic schools.

Confirmation 2022

On Friday 8th July, the Sacrament of Confirmation was conferred on several young people and adults from the deanery, including our three parish communities,  concluding several months of preparation. Some of the candidates and the catechists gathered for the Emmaus Retreat at the Youth Village for a weekend later in the month, sharing their faith and celebrating their gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Here are two Flickr photo albums to share:

Confirmation Mass photos

Emmaus Retreat photos

It has been a joy and privilege to accompany an amazing group of young people over the last few months, and we offer each of them our prayers and blessings on behalf of the Confirmation Catechists involved in this year’s programme. 

In the Autumn term, we plan to follow on with the Emmaus Accompaniment programme and our annual Emmaus Walk.