Our Useful Documents

A list of useful documents released in the main from the Bishop’s Office from 2003 until the present.


Pastoral Statistics Form for 2016 (Word)

Pastoral Statistics Form for 2016 (PDF)


Permission to receive into full communion Form (Word)

Permission to receive into full communion Form (PDF)


From the Bishop’s Office:

Guidances for School Masses/Liturgies with the Bishop

The Episcopal Visitation Form 2016 (in Word)  (PDF)

Celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation (Revised Confirmation Guidance from the Bishop’s Office)

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in 2016 with groups of no less than 12 candidates unless celebrated as part of a scheduled Visitation weekend. If an individual parish does not have these numbers, then they might like to consider joining a neighbouring parish for a joint celebration.  Confirmation need not be celebrated each year but every two or three years.

Blessing of School Entrance (This document is provided here in a Word document so that schools may adapt for their own needs).

The Directory on the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Lancaster (2.5MB) 


Diocesan Policy on the Resignation of Priests and Deacons (April 2010)


Homiletic Directory from the Congregation for Worship, Rome

Church Councils:
(Documents promulgated on 8 December 2010)


Constitution & Diocesan Norms for a Deanery Pastoral Council

Constitution & Diocesan Norms for a Parish Pastoral Council

Constitution & Diocesan Norms for Parish Finance Committees

Pastoral Statistics Form 2015

The Sacrament of Confirmation:


The Apostolic Constitution of Paul VI on Confirmation

What Canon Law says about Confirmation

What the Catechism says about Confirmation

The General Introduction on Christian Introduction:ChristianInitiationGeneralIntroduction_1.pdf

Reflection: ConfirmationPerfectsBaptismalGrace.pdf

Reflection: ConfirmationSealsUsWithGiftOfTheSpirit.pdf

Encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Dominum et Vivifiantem:  DominumEtVivificantem.pdf

Papal Addresses: GiftsOfTheHolySpiritAddresses.pdf

Apostolic Instruction regarding the collaboration of the non-ordained: RegardingTheCollaborationOfTheNon.pdf

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: RiteOfChristianInitiationForAdultsIntroduction.pdf

Introduction to the rite of Confirmation: RiteOfConfirmationIntroduction.pdf

School Chaplaincy & Youth Ministry:


Chaplaincy in Catholic Schools –


Youth Ministry in the Diocese –


The Church & Flu

Pastoral Planning for a flu pandemic –


Summary of Planning for a flu pandemic – flusummary.pdf

Click here to download an up-to-date copy (16 July 2009) of the Diocese of Lancaherester’s ‘Sustaining a Pastoral Presence during a Flu Pandemic’ and here for a link to the National Liturgy Office’s webpage on the issue

Useful Leaflets on Pastoral Care in the light of this situation can be found here and here