Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Diocesan Sacramental Preparation Programmes

Baptism guidelines and resources:

The Diocesan Guidelines for Infant Baptism can be accessed below.

Diocesan Guidelines for Infant Baptism.

Letter to parents from Bishop Robert.

The Rite of Baptism with comments by Fr. Adrian Dixon is now available.


Recommended resource: Café

CaFE Baptism | CaFE - Catholic Faith Exploration.

This course is designed to prepare parents bringing their children to be baptised and follows the Rite of Baptism. It explains the words, symbols, questions and actions that have been passed down to us from the earliest days of the Church. It will give parents and godparents a better understanding of what they are undertaking when a child is baptised and will help and equip them in their role of developing the spiritual life of the child.

This course is flexible and can be run in various ways to fit in with the different models that dioceses and parishes currently use for their sacramental preparation courses.

  • It can be run by priests, catechists or lay people in a parish or school.

  • It could be used with a large group in a hall.

  • It could be used with a couple or a small group in a home.

  • It can be used online

Discounts are available via email.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Welcome Letter from Bishop Robert Byrne (pdf)

Resources are available to support catechists, parents and schools to deliver online sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Within the purpose-built site you will find:

  • resources for catechists, including workbooks and videos.

  • resources for parents, including a workbook, videos and additional material from the Diocese of Salford.

  • Safeguarding documentation.

  • Diocesan guidelines.

New resources will be uploaded to this site and you will have long-term access.

These are freely available and are online now and can be accessed via a simple registration process:

To subscribe to request access to the resources, please click here and send us your details using the form (NB. We will never ask you to send us your password).

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Additional resources for schools and parishes are available here.


Partnership/Parish Guidelines for the Preparation and Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation are available to order using this form.


Diocesan Preparation Programme for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Read the guidelines here.

Updates to the guidelines:

Please note that the following pages have been updated since publication:

Letter from Bishop Séamus Cunningham (page 92)

Prayer for the Candidates (page 114)

Prayer for the Catechists (page 115)


Archived information.


Coming soon… a series of reflective videos from the Youth Ministry Team.