Confirmation

 

Our mission is:

  • To support the faith formation that occurs at home

  • To foster enthusiasm for living the Catholic faith

  • To give witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ

  • To encourage family participation in the life of the Church

Our goals are:

  • To teach the Catholic faith

  • To encourage a commitment to Jesus Christ

  • To create a community spirit that inspires active participation in parish life

  • To encourage prayer which leads to a deeper relationship with a loving God

  • To assist parents in their role as primary instructors of our Catholic Faith

We are asking your family to attend Mass each week.  We come together as a parish community to worship, thank God, and support each other in prayer.  It is at Mass that we come to know Jesus in the Eucharist.  Attending Mass each week reinforces what is taught in the classroom. Without this important time to celebrate and pray together at Mass, it can be a struggle for your child … indeed, for all of us … to achieve a fuller understanding of the greatness of our God and the love and forgiveness of Jesus.

For Information, please contact Liz Reid, Confirmation Coordinator, 203-838-3788, ext. 163  

 

 

Registration for Confirmation will close on September 25, 2016.  This year we will be accepting credit card payment.  If you plan on using this service, tuition must be paid in full and there will be a $3.00 fee.  Instructions for paying by credit card are on the registration form.  We also accept cash and checks made out to St. Matthew Church.     

If you need information about payment plans or tuition assistance, please contact me.

Confirmation Candidates:

Confirmation is a Sacrament that gives each of the candidates many privileges in the church.  First, you will be considered a full member of the Church.  You will be able to be Godparents to children at Baptism and you can be a Sponsor to candidates at Confirmation (at age 16).  Along with the privileges come duties that you take upon yourself as a confirmed Catholic.  One of the main duties is to follow Christ through following the Commandments.  Your visible following of Christ can be seen in your participation of the Holy Mass every weekend and Holy Days of Obligation.  You will also demonstrate your following Christ by your service.  As a Parish it is our duty to see that you are given enough opportunities to worship and serve God. 

 

The Confirmation Program consists of the following Worship and Class instruction.

Worship

 

  • Regular Mass attendance on weekends and Holy Days of Obligation along with your family

  • Be Ministers at Mass on Weekends (lectors, altar servers, ushers, or Youth Choir). This is a one year commitment.  Training will be in October.

  • Regular reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation

 

Class Instruction

 

  • Classes will be held on the Sundays typically twice a month starting in January from 4:45PM (includes 5 pm Mass) – 7:30PM. (See calendar of class dates)

  • Ministry Training – Candidates can choose to be an altar server, usher, lector, or youth choir.  Training dates will be in October. 

  • Friday, February 3rd Adoration & Benediction with one parent

  • Friday, March 3rd Stations of the Cross

  • Service Projects – This year Candidates will complete a Family Service Project as well as a Candidate Group Service Project.  Service projects will be presented at the meeting on September 25th.

*** If you volunteered at Bible Camp 2016 you have completed your candidate group service obligation

 

 

  • Candidates will also have an individual interview with a member of the clergy.

  • Attendance at a full day Retreat (Date TBD)

There will be an important parent and Confirmation Candidate meeting on Sunday, September 25th immediately following the 5:00PM Mass.    Since the Confirmation date will be Fall 2017, we are configuring our program slightly differently than in the past.  The following items will need to be completed prior to starting the program in January 2017.  If items are not turned in by Dec. 4th the candidate will not be able to start the program:

  • Saint report ­- Each candidate will prepare a one page essay on the Saint whose name they wish to take as their Confirmation Name.  Information on the saint report will be emailed out in late August.

  • Sponsor Certificate – Candidates will choose a sponsor for Confirmation to help guide them on their faith journey along with their parents. 

  • Test on grades 1-8 material – Book and review materials will be supplied at the parent/candidate meeting.  There will also be a review class on November 13th prior to the test on December 4th.

Attached you will find a registration form which will need to be filled out and mailed, dropped off in the church office or brought to the meeting on September 25th as well as a list of important dates.  Information regarding Saint Report and Sponsors will be emailed in late August.

Please remember that grades 1-8 of religious formation instruction must be completed before your teen is eligible for Confirmation. 

The entire Confirmation team is looking forward to an exciting year!

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in becoming a catechist, please contact us in the Faith Formation Office at (203) 838-0231 or by email at stmattreled@gmail.com.

Blessings,

Michele Scholl

Faith Formation Coordinator

Liz Reid

Confirmation Coordinator

 

 

 

For a copy of the above click here.

For a class schedule click here.

For a registration form click here.

 

 

August 10, 2016

Dear Confirmation Families:

I am really excited to begin this confirmation journey with you. I know I have huge shoes to fill in the departure of Mrs. Jean DesRochers. It has been my privilege to learn from Jean for the past several years as a confirmation teacher, and I look forward to building upon the success of the program. 

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a genuine fixture at St. Matthew parish. I have been a parishioner for over forty years, and in fact made my own Confirmation at St. Matthew (many, many moons ago now!). It has been my great joy to be a catechist for the past 10 years. I sit on the social concerns committee, coached the bible quest team, give children’s homilies, and Lector. One of the best things that I do at church is drive the bus for our elderly or homebound parishioners taking them to and from Saturday mass. My faith has been the foundation for my life. It motivates, inspires, and comforts me beyond belief. 

This year, I am especially grateful to lead and be part of the Confirmation experience.  It is especially exciting because I know many of the candidates and your families. It is comforting and exciting to share this journey with you all. I look forward to seeing many familiar faces, and I really look forward to getting to know the families that I haven’t met yet.   Towards that end, I am going to set up 3 dates for a pizza meet and greet for confirmation families to briefly speak to you all and hopefully get to learn more about you. You can choose to attend one, or more of those pizza events. On those nights, I will also be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the Confirmation program.

I consider Confirmation to be a journey for the whole family. It is a journey made together to support, motivate and ignite the many gifts that your children already possess, and help them learn to share those gifts in their family, in the parish, and in the community, as they grow closer in their relationship to Jesus.  I look forward to us all working together to help achieve that goal. 

I know that some parents have already offered to volunteer and I can’t thank you enough. Being a visible supporter of your child as they go through the Confirmation process is one of the most effective things we can do together.  

We welcome parent volunteers for hallway monitors, service project leaders and chaperones, and for other aspects and events of the Confirmation program.  We especially welcome any parent who wishes to teach Confirmation.

Please know I am available at any time for questions, cares or concerns.  You can email me at the parish office or to my home email which is mer313@sbcglobal.net.  In addition, please feel free to contact me on my cell phone (203) 722-9367.

Again, I am very much looking forward to sharing this Confirmation journey with your child and you all.

Many thanks, and all my best wishes for a great year,

Liz Reid

For a copy of the above click here.

 

To obtain a Confirmation Sponsor Certificate, the sponsor must be an ACTIVE member of the Church, attend Mass regularly, and be an active participant in the Life of the Church.