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 Séamus.

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


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


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.

Eucharist and Reconciliation (children):

Resources for schools and parishes.