Confirmation

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


Exciting New Confirmation Program
6th Grade (Pre-Confirmation) & 7th Grade (Confirmation)

This year, our Parish and three other Parishes in Norwalk have been asked by Bishop Caggiano to form a Pilot Program for Confirmation, Confirmation Prep, and Middle School Collaboration. This exciting new program will feature some class instruction and lessons but will encompass a Norwalk Community-wide Middle School gathering of young people for Mass, activities, and Faith Formation. You will be learning and developing ways of sharing and living your faith.

Our Parish will team up with St. Philip Parish, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, and St. Jerome Parish for this elaborate community endeavor. This will mean that your Confirmation Program Classes (7th Grade) and Confirmation Prep Classes (6th grade) will be comprised of:

  • One monthly Sunday afternoon class at St. Matthew, including attendance together as a class at the 5:00pm Mass, and
  • One Sunday monthly session at All Saints Catholic School with the students from the other parishes.

In the past, our Confirmation and Confirmation Prep Programs were held at St. Matthew on two Sundays a month. So instead of that schedule, the new program will be one Sunday at St. Matthew Church and one Sunday at All Saints Catholic School.

PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENCE IN TIMES

  • The Sundays at St. Matthew will be from 3:00pm to 6:00pm (includes 5:00pm Mass) and
  • Sundays at All Saints Catholic School will be from 4:00pm to 7:00pm (includes 4:00pm Mass and pizza dinner for each session).

Mass attendance on those Sunday nights is a mandatory part of the class. Reminders will be sent out each week including dates and times for the next class, along with other important information. Checking your email each week will help in the success of the program.

7th Graders
Confirmation for the 7th Graders will be in the Spring following the end of the classes.

6th Graders
Sixth graders will then transition into the Confirmation Program for the following year. 

CLASS SCHEDULE DATES: 2022-2023

  • AT ST. MATTHEW CHURCH
    Sunday Sessions, 3:00pm to 6:00pm, includes 5:00pm Mass:

    October 2; November 6; December 4; January 8; February 5; March 5; April 16; May 7
  • AT ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
    Sunday Sessions from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

    October 23; November 20; December 18; January 22; February 26; March 19; April 23; May 21

Pre-Confirmation (6th Grade)
Additional requirements for the Confirmation Prep Program include serving at Mass as an Usher, Reader, or Altar Server, which will be discussed at the first class.
Confirmation (7th Grade)
Additional requirements for the Confirmation Program include Adoration, Stations of the Cross, a Retreat, Saint Report, and Clergy Interview, which will be discussed at the first class.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
FEE:

I am so excited for this new Program and think that your child and the youth of our Parish and City are going to find it incredible.

All my best,
Liz Reid, Confirmation Coordinator


WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?

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!

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

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