Confirmation Preparation

Liz Reid, Confirmation Coordinator
Email: StMattRelEd@gmail.com
Phone: 203-838-3788, ext. 107

Confirmation Classes for 7th & 8th Grades
begins SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 10am -11:15am (following 9am Mass)

August 31, 2021 Update from Liz Reid:

Dear 7th and 8th Grades Incoming Confirmation Class of 2021-2022:

  • Confirmation classes will be in person after the 9am mass from 10:00am-11:15am. There are a total of 14 classes including a class test.
  • Each Confirmation Classroom will be limited in the number of students assigned per classroom, and I am blessed to have a huge and wonderful confirmation team to achieve this goal.
  • We will follow the directives of the Norwalk Public Schools, and the Diocese of Bridgeport, to keep your child’s safety our top concern. The classrooms are currently being fitted for video equipment so that if schools go remote, we will have the technology to accomplish that without interruption of the Sacrament schedule.
  • We will not be starting your Confirmation Classes until Sunday October 24th as I have the current class finishing up some requirements before receiving their Sacrament this November. (including their retreat; and exit interviews).
The dates of the Confirmation Classes for you all are as follows:
10/24 – first class after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
11/7 – class after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
11/14 – parent/student seminar talk given by Father Jeff after the 9am mass 10:00-11:30am
12/5 – class after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
12/19 – class after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
1/9 – class and Saint Report and Sponsor Certificate due (more information will be given regarding these two things).
1/23 – class after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
1/30 – parent/student seminar talk after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
2/4 – Friday = First Friday Adoration in the Chapel 6pm-7:15pm
2/6 – class after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
2/27 – class after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
3/4 Friday = Stations of the Cross 7pm in the church
3/6 – class after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
3/20 – class after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
4/3 – last class; test after the 9am mass 10:00-11:15am
There are other aspects of the Confirmation program including community service, and serving at mass, which we will go over during our first class on October 24th. The most important requirement is mass attendance. In the year you make your sacrament, attendance at mass is especially required. All of our classes will be after the 9am mass.
I look forward to a safe and wonderful Sacrament year together,
Liz Reid

Office of Faith Formation
Saint Matthew Church
216 Scribner Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203)838 3788 ext.107


The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or “confirm” the Baptized in union with Christ and equip them to share their gifts, live, and give great witness to their faith as they build up the Kingdom of God. The entire Confirmation team is looking forward to an exciting year!

DEAR  7TH & 8TH GRADE FAMILIES: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

2021-2022 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION LETTER FROM LIZ REID_June 22

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.

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

 


CATECHISTS
If you have any questions, or if you are interested in becoming a catechist, please contact us in the Faith Formation Office at (203) 838-3788, ext. 107 or by email at stmattreled@gmail.com.

CONFIRMATION SPONSOR CERTIFICATES
If the sponsor is not a member of St Matthew Church, a sponsor certificate must be obtained by the sponsor from their parish.
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.


PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN, VIRTUS PROGRAM: CLICK HERE


2020 CONFIRMATION CEREMONIES
On October 10 & 24, we celebrated six Confirmation Ceremonies. Click below to view.



Strengthened by the Spirit, Called to Action
The Very Reverend Msgr. Thomas Powers, Vicar General of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Confirmed 49 of our Parish Youth at a 7pm Confirmation Mass on Friday, October 12th, at St. Matthew Church. These incredible Children of God began the journey towards their Sacrament of Confirmation last Fall. After learning more about their faith through class instruction, practicing their faith through church ministry, and sharing their faith through service to the community, these young people are ready to embrace the responsibility of being full members of the Church. They are ready to go forward with the understanding that Confirmation is not the end of the journey, but the beginning. Watching them grow over the past year has been inspiring. Seeing them embrace and share their gifts at a Spiritual Retreat a few weeks ago was a great expression of all of their hard work. Liz Reid, Confirmation Coordinator


Confirmation Retreat – An Amazing Day!

Our Confirmation retreat at the Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford was an amazing day! The kids and the adults really enjoyed…It was reverent, fun, motivating and uniting and inspiring. The youth walked a labyrinth, a metaphor for life’s journey, marked by twists and turns. Throughout the walk, we rely on our faith and trust that the winding path truly leads to God, the center of our lives. When we walk the labyrinth in God’s presence we trust that God breathes new life into us with each step we take. The empty circle at the center reminds us to empty ourselves so we might be filled with Christ’s peace at every moment. Liz Reid, Confirmation Coordinator


Steve Angrisano Concert for Confirmation Candidates at St. Matthew

Steve Angrisano came to St. Matthew Church – and his concert was AMAZING. He’s personable and truly lives his faith. He got the Confirmation Candidates and entire audience to participate. To watch everyone having a great time—the smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes—it was a night I will not soon forget! He brought everyone closer to the Lord. Thanks to a great Planning
Committee!  Val Wyman, Music Director