Confirmation

OCTOBER 10TH CONFIRMATION CEREMONIES – PLEASE CLICK BUTTON BELOW TO VIEW.


Liz Reid, Confirmation Coordinator
Email: StMattRelEd@gmail.com
Phone: 203-838-3788, ext. 107
Grade 8: Confirmation Preparation Program Outline, 2020-2021
Grade 8 Confirmation Online Registration, click HERE

  1. Classes:  In order to ensure safety this year, our Confirmation Program will consist of online, at home learning, together with approximately 8 zoom classes; and drop off and pick up of assignments on designated dates; All assignments and journal entries must be completed prior to Confirmation
  2. Retreat:  I am exploring the possibility of a webinar style retreat
  3. Successful completion of a written Evaluation
  4. Worship
    Regular Mass attendance on weekends and Holy Days of Obligation along with your family either in person or via live stream or video.Participation at Eucharist Adoration and Rosary.Participation at Stations of the Cross.        
  1. Service Projects:  Candidates for Confirmation will be given service projects to do throughout the year. Due to Covid restrictions, these projects will vary this year and will be done mostly individually with your family.  Project suggestions include: donations to parish food pantry, veteran’s day cards; advent prayer candles for the homebound parishioner; More information on this will be distributed 
  2. Interview with a Clergy Member:  Each Candidate will also have an interview with a member of the clergy sometime during the preparation program.  All forms and assignments must be turned in before scheduling an appointment. 
  3. Reconciliation Services:  The Candidate along with their families is to attend a Family Reconciliation Service during Advent and Lent 
  4. Rehearsal: Sponsors & Candidates are to attend the rehearsal which will be in the Fall of 2021 
  5. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred in the Fall of 2021
  6. Confirmation Names:  Candidates must prepare a one page essay on a Saint whose life they wish to emulate and whose name they will take at Confirmation.  This must be a Saint recognized by the Catholic Church. 
  7. Sponsor Certificates: The Sponsor obtains the Certificate from their parish. 
  8. Family participation at Mass, regular reception of Eucharist and Reconciliation and Service Project.


Click button below for online registration.
Registration fee: $150

Payment will be due at the time of registration. If you are having financial difficulty or need to arrange a payment plan, please contact the Religious Formation Office PRIOR to submitting the online registration:  Janet Mitchell: StMattRelEd@gmail.com; 203-838-3788, ext. 107.

If you prefer not to register online, you can download the following form.
COMPLETE FORM, ATTACH WITH PAYMENT IN A SEALED ENVELOPE.

MARK ENVELOPE: ATTENTION JANET MITCHELL, FAITH FORMATION
Confirmation Registration Form, Click HERE

 



OCT. 2020 CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES & PARENTS: FALL UPDATE
Students and Parents Receiving Confirmation October 2020: 
Please click the link below to reserve your Confirmation Ceremony Date/Time.

This Confirmation Ceremony is reserved ONLY for parishioners who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, their sponsor, and five invited guests.

Due to our COVID capacity restrictions:

  1. Each candidate can ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE SERVICE, and will be assigned just ONE Ticket for the Confirmation Candidate.
  2. Guest Tickets: After you have registered, to obtain tickets for each of your guests you must email Liz Reid the names and emails of your sponsor and guests, pursuant to Diocesan & State of CT contact tracing. Email: StMattRelEd@gmail.com.
  3. Liz Reid will then issue you uniquely-numbered Admission Tickets for each of your guests and sponsor based on the list you provided.

Masks & social distancing will be in effect from the time you exit your vehicles.

Getting seated will take longer than usual, so please arrive early.

Thank you for your understanding.


FROM LIZ REID, CONFIRMATION COORDINATOR
My dear faithful Confirmation Candidates and Families,
Finally, finally, finally, we have some movement on our long-awaited Confirmation. I appreciate more than I can ever express all your patience. I am sure it has been more than frustrating waiting and not knowing. It has been that for me.  READ MORE HERE


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!

Liz Reid is our Confirmation Coordinator. She can be reached at: 203-838-3788, ext. 107 or StMattRelEd@gmail.com.

Sponsor Information: If the sponsor is not a member of St Matthew Church, a sponsor certificate must be obtained by the sponsor from their parish.


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
     


CONFIRMATION SPONSOR CERTIFICATES:
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.

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.

 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. 

Confirmation Preparation Program Outline

  1. Classes will be held on approximately 13 Sundays
  2. Retreat
  3. Successful completion of a written Evaluation
  4. Worship
    Regular Mass attendance on weekends and Holy Days along with your family. Special Commitment Mass and Presentation Mass, 5pm.
    All candidates are to be trained as either Altar Servers, Ushers or Lectors, and serve such Ministry on a regular Mass schedule, or participate in Youth and or Contemporary Youth Choirs.
    Attendance at (2) Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary
    Attendance at Stations of the Cross
  5. Service Projects:  Candidates for Confirmation should choose service projects (approx. 15 hours of service in the community or at events). More info will be at first class/parent meeting. Bible Camp (completed summer ’19), Senior Bus, Youth Choir, classroom helper/babysitter for religious formation, Notre Dame Convalescent Home Pasta dinner help w/ setup & clean up (family opportunity), Church Cleaning (family opportunity), Community Dinners, Filling in the Blanks.
  6. Interview with a Clergy Member: Each Candidate will also have an interview with a member of the clergy sometime during the preparation program.  All forms and assignments must be turned in before scheduling an appointment.
  7. Reconciliation Services: The Candidate along with their families is to attend a Family Reconciliation Service during Advent and Lent.
  8. Rehearsal: Sponsors & Candidates are to attend.  Please be prompt
  9. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in the Fall of 2019.
  10. Confirmation Names:  Candidates must prepare a one page essay on a Saint whose life they wish to emulate and whose name they will take at Confirmation.  This must be a Saint recognized by the Catholic Church.
  11. Sponsor Certificates. The Sponsor obtains the Certificate from their parish.
  12. Family participation at Mass, regular reception of Eucharist and Reconciliation and Service Project.

 

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.

Dear Confirmation Families:
I am really excited to begin this confirmation journey with you. For those of you who don’t know me,  I have been a parishioner for over forty years. In fact, I 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 loved to do at church was to drive the bus for our elderly or home bound 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. 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 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.  I am 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! 

Blessings,

 Liz Reid