‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ is a Parish-Based Programme of Preparation for Confirmation. Published by Veritas, it will be available October 2009.


Parish based Preparation programme for Confirmation

You Shall Be My Witnesses is a new parish-based preparation programme for Confirmation developed in the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin by Maeve Mahon (see below for more information about the programme).

It is now being published by Veritas and will be available in mid-October 2009.


For parishes in Kildare & Leighlin the programme material (see below) can be ordered through Faith Development Services.

Faith Development Services
Cathedral Parish Centre,
College Street, Carlow
Tel: 059-9164084
Fax: 059-9164020
Email fds@kandle.ie

An order form will be sent to all parishes in the coming weeks.


To order the material from Veritas, please click on the following link –
Veritas Order Form


Training for the leaders is essential. Guidelines and material for the training session are offered as part of the programme.

A list of venues for training of leaders in the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin will be posted on the website as soon as Confirmation dates are finalised.

Meeting with Parents

There are a number of people available to facilitate initial meetings with parents.

To organise such a meeting please contact Christine @ Faith Development Services – 059 9164084 or e-mail fds@kandle.ie

The Programme

The programme is designed to offer resources to members of the parish team that will enable them to encourage, challenge and invite parents and the wider parish community to become more actively involved in the preparation for Confirmation. The programme offers parents and members of the wider parish community the opportunity to share their faith with the candidates and hopefully create a space where all can learn from each other.

Over five sessions You Shall Be My Witnesses explores the themes of belonging, believing, being, becoming and beginning again. Each of these sessions is conducted by two leaders working with a small group of eight to ten candidates. Ideally both leaders will be drawn from the parents of the Confirmation class. If it is not possible to get two parent leaders then the second leader can be drawn from any of the following groups;

  • parents/guardians of the candidates
  • sponsors
  • the parish community
  • young adults (World Youth Day Volunteers)
  • Transition year students

The first four sessions take place before the celebration of Confirmation and the fifth session takes place after the celebration is over. This is an attempt to reinforce the idea that we are not simply preparing for a one day event but that Confirmation begins a new journey as a full member of the Church.

Each of the five sessions will last approximately one hour.


The resources needed for the programme are as follows:

  • Coordinators Book
  • Leaders Book
  • Material for Candidates
  • Enrolment Leaflet
  • My Confirmation Journal
  • Weekly Newsletters for Parents
  • Commitment Scroll
  • Completion Certificate

Maeve Mahon – a word of thanks

The work of developing any programme for use in parishes can never be a solitary one. There is a constant need to write and rewrite material, to find parishes willing to pilot that material and most importantly for conversation about what works and perhaps more significantly what doesnt. You Shall Be My Witnesses was initially developed and written for the parishes of the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin.

It would never have been completed without the members of the Confirmation Working Group, Bishop Jim, Margerita Bedding, Aileen Bevins, John Cummins, Paul Dempsey, Paul McNamee, Thomas OByrne, Alice OConnor and Christine Ogelsby who gave their time, support, wisdom and expertise to this project over the course of eighteen months in 2006/2007.

The programme was first piloted by a number of parishes in the diocese in Lent of 2007. The comments and suggestions of the leaders in those parishes were hugely important in shaping the programme as it now appears.

It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with such dedicated and committed people in the parishes of Abbeyleix, Askea, Carlow, Emo, Kildare, Killeigh/Cloneygowan, Ballinagar/Geashill, Monasterevin, Nurney/Kildangan, Leighlin and Tullow.

In 2008 thirty six parishes in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin and a number of parishes in the dioceses of Cashel & Emily, Cork & Ross, Dublin, Ferns, Galway, Kerry, Meath, Ossory, Raphoe, Tuam, and Waterford & Lismore used the programme. The evaluations and comments from the candidates and leaders in these parishes have been very helpful in making the necessary revisions to the programme before publication.

Maeve Mahon