The Sunday Mass is the heartbeat of the week, and Reconciliation services are held on weekday evenings. Below we outline the key aspects of sacramental life in the school.
Confirmations take place at Ampleforth every year in the Summer term. In the autumn term House Chaplains will ask the boys and girls in Year 10 and any Sixth Form entrants if they would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in late May. Any older students who have not yet been confirmed but who would like to are also encouraged to enrol on the course of catechesis which runs from late October until Confirmation and which includes a half day of retreat in January. Catechesis is given by carefully selected and supported sixth formers with the support of House Chaplains and the Central Chaplaincy team.
Students are offered the chance to make their confession in the Abbey Church. Once a term every house year group attends a reconciliation service where they have the opportunity to see a priest either for individual confession or for a prayer and blessing. All students regardless of their faith are invited to attend this service.
Each week the whole school joins the Monastic community in the Abbey Church for Mass which is celebrated every Sunday morning. Mass is also celebrated each week in individual houses, usually by the House Chaplain.
There is excellent provision for Anglicans within the Ampleforth community. The Vicar of Ampleforth, Revd Dr Catherine Reid, gives termly Eucharists for Anglican students and these take place in the Abbey Crypt. Students are also able to attend Church of England Sunday worship by permission from their Houseparent. Confirmation is again led by the Revd Dr Catherine Reid, and usually the students are confirmed in St Hilda’s Church, Ampleforth, by the Bishop of Whitby during the Spring.
Any students who wish to be baptised or to consider reception into the Roman Catholic Church are encouraged to speak to their House Chaplains.