We are very pleased to provide you with some updates for the Confirmations from May 2020 that were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, the Archdiocese of Boston has given us clearance to move ahead with Confirmation ceremonies that have social distancing parameters in place. In June, we will have four opportunities for Conformandi to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation between ceremonies at Saint Anselm, Saint Bridget, and Our Lady of Fatima. It remains our top priority that our Confirmation candidates are able to receive the Sacrament in a way that is both very safe and very impactful. If the ceremony dates listed do not meet where your family is at in these very uncertain times, it is very understandable. More opportunities for Confirmation will be available down the road as we move into the Fall. Receiving Confirmation in June is a choice and we remain supportive of anyone choosing to wait until later for Confirmation.
Ceremony: These events will be a bit different than the traditional Confirmation Masses. The Sacrament will be conferred by Fr. Souza and will not include a Mass. All attendees should arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the posted start time to allow for efficient seating. The ceremony will be approximately one hour.
Dates Location & Sign Up: There are four ceremonies available (one at Saint Anselm, one at St. Bridget, and two at Our Lady of Fatima). Candidates are encouraged to sign up for whichever ceremony/location they prefer. Each Candidate signed up will have an entire pew reserved for their families/guests. The maximum capacity of seating will vary based on the location of the ceremony. Pews at St. Anselm have a larger seating capacity. While each Candidate’s pew will be appropriately socially distanced from one another, seating within the pew will be at the discretion of Candidate’s attendees. If your attendees require extra socially distant spacing, please be mindful that you will not be able to fill the pew to its maximum capacity.
The ceremony dates/locations available are:
- Sunday, June 28, St. Anselm, 3:00 PM
- Sunday, June 28, Our Lady of Fatima, 5:00 PM
- Monday June 29, Our Lady of Fatima, 7:00 PM
- Tuesday June 30, St. Bridget, 7:00 PM
To sign up for one of these ceremonies, please click here.
Prep: There will be no rehearsal sessions for these ceremonies. Directions for the ceremony will be made available for attendees as we move closer to the ceremony dates.
Sponsors: Due to the special circumstances, the attendance of sponsors is optional. The chosen, and approved, sponsors selected by each Candidate will still be their official sponsor but a proxy-sponsor will be available to stand-in for sponsors not in attendance.
Confession: It is customary to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
before receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available specifically for Confirmation candidates on multiple dates across multiple locations. Candidates are welcome to attend any session which they prefer, reservations will not be needed.
- Our Lady of Fatima (Sudbury) – Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM
- Saint Bridget (Maynard) – Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM
- Saint Anselm (Sudbury) – Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Attire: Dress attire is expected for the Confirmation ceremony. For the guys, this would be dress pants and a shirt and tie. Suit jackets and blazers are not necessary. For the ladies, dress length should at least correlate with arm length, not being shorter than the candidate’s hands when at their sides. Please note, there are no particular colors that must be worn. A white or red outfit is not required for confirmation.