Saint Anselm, Saint Bridget, and Our Lady of Fatima May 2020 Confirmation Update

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:

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.

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.

Spring 2020 Confirmation Postponement & Updates

(Updated April 29, 2020) We have dedicated a page on the Life Teen Fatima website to specifically follow the Spring 2020 Confirmation postponement. As we receive updates from the Archdiocese of Boston on safely rescheduling this event, we will post them on LifeTeenFatima.com/classof2022.

(Updated April 2, 2020) Thank you all for your patience as we consider an appropriate course of action for the Spring 2020 Confirmation. Today we received notification from the Archdiocese of Boston that the May 2 Confirmation Masses at St. Bridget Parish and Our Lady of Fatima Parish will be postponed, until we can do so safely. At this time, we have removed the events from our Parish calendars and will continue to evaluate as the current situation unfolds. 

As we await further guidance from the Archdiocese, we want you to know that we are committed to celebrating these Sacraments with the joy and reverence that this milestone deserves. We understand that the Sacrament of Confirmation requires a lot of coordination with their sponsors, family travel and celebrations. As the Sacrament is administered by a Bishop, there is additional coordination at the parish level as well. Between the 283 parishes across the Archdiocese of Boston, scheduling Confirmations is normally a bulky task. The inclusion of recent postponements and the ongoing health concerns make the process even more challenging. 

We will be quick to deliver information and updates as soon as we receive them to facilitate planning. We will also be creative and flexible moving forward, ensuring that our candidates and their families have impactful celebrations that are mindful of the constant changes in these uncertain times.

Thank you to all that have been reaching out to check in on what is next with Confirmation. Please keep this sentiment going and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions and concerns. We will continue to make materials available online and host virtual social events online for our teens. The spiritual development of our teens was the number one focus of this program on day one, and nothing has changed about that. While our scenery and daily routines have changed a bit, the mission of Life Teen will continue on.

Life Teen Contingency Plan In Place

Greetings All!

A good youth minister has a backup plan when it comes to unforeseen weather, broken technology, and rowdy student behavior. A youth minister who has a backup plan for a global pandemic, however, would have been considered “odd” until about two weeks ago. While we did not have a perfect backup plan for COVID-19 waiting in our back pocket, the team at OLF has been working hard to keep our youth ministry programs thriving. Until we are back in the swing of having “in-person” activities, we will distribute our resources electronically.

Temporary Schedule:
We now have a temporary/online Life Teen schedule in place. Almost weekly, Life Night materials will be posted online for review. These materials will be a mixture of written and audio-visual resources. Resources will not require all teens to be reviewing them at the same time. We will, however, have livestream components throughout our time of “social distance” available for our teens to engage with. The first event being Face Time Bingo tomorrow night (3/22) at 6:30!

Where the “in-person” schedule had to work around the school schedules, our online calendar has more flexibility to it. Teens will have at least a week to review all materials before moving on to new materials. The online schedule has pushed many of the previous scheduled Life Nights ahead in the schedule. We will use the online schedule indefinitely, adding to it if needed, until we are cleared to go back to our “in-person” schedule.

Our first “online” Life Night will have materials available next week (3/29)!

Life Teen Fatima & COVID-19
We have begun to put together some common questions being asked when it comes to how our halt in in-person activities will affect the program. This includes questions on how Confirmation prep will be different. Please visit lifeteenfatima.com/covid19 to review this information.

Additional Resources
We are in an unprecedented time in history. Of course, this can be an anxious and confusing time. In addition to sharing resources for teens in the program, we will be sharing resources for the entire family (and friends!) as well. We start by sharing this video from Ascension Presents called “How Should Catholics Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic”. It’s a great resource for helping us all balance our faith and reason in times of such uncertainty. The presenter of this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz, will be presenting at the Steubenville East Conference which we are scheduled to attend this summer.

March 2020 Life Teen Updates and Summary

It was great to see a combination of LS&OLF pride on display at the boys hockey playoff game. Go Warriors! Go Life Teen!

UPDATE 3/21/20: Contingency Schedule In Place
The Life Teen Fatima Contingency plan is is now in place. For more information, please visit https://lifeteenfatima.com/contingency.

UPDATE 3/11/20: Our Lady of Fatima COVID-19 Proactive Policy
Please note, a parish wide email went out regarding scheduling changes related to Our Lady of Fatima’s COVID-19 Prevention Program. If you did not receive this email, you can view it by clicking here. Given the increasing concern surrounding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the parish has deemed it prudent to put all of our faith formation programs on a two week hiatus while we assess the situation further. This includes:

  • High School Spring Overnight in Maine (3/13-3/15)
  • High School Open Life House (3/15)
  • Movie Night at Maynard Fine Arts Theatre (3/16)
  • Pizza & Prayer (3/17)
  • 10th Grade Confirmation Retreat (3/21)
  • High School Life Night (3/22)
  • Pizza & Prayer (3/24)
  • NOTE: Any scheduled Confirmation check-ins during this time period will not happen in person, we will attempt to make these happen via phone.

We will attempt to reschedule these events in the future if possible. For now, the top priority is safety.

MAINE SPRING RETREAT (UPDATED 3/10/20: Canceled)
This event is NOT the same as the Grade 10 Confirmation Retreat (see above)

With the growing concern over Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States, and with the caution recommended by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, steps are being taken locally to minimize unnecessary travel and contact. With an overabundance of caution, we have determined it would be the safest call to not hold our Spring Retreat this weekend. It is upsetting to have to make this call, our team has been working hard to create a memorable experience on retreat. That hard work, however, is from a commitment to our teens and the best commitment we can make is playing is safe and minimizing any unnecessary risks.

While no one on the trip would is considered to be in an at-risk category for fighting off COVID-19, the transportation and intimate setting of the retreat would add steps of uncertainty if anyone began showing symptoms on the trip. Compared to a Life Night or Pizza & Prayer session, hosted locally, where quarantine and response could be addressed immediately if someone were to show COVID-19 symptoms, the proximity from home is just too for us to be able to play it safe this weekend.

On a personal level, I am really disappointed that we will not be able to dive deeper in our faith this weekend. The giant stride of confidence shown by all the teens to sign up for their first retreat was a remarkable sign of the spiritual commitment. I’m sorry we won’t be able to explore that this weekend. We will be sure to explore all workaround options and possible dates in the future where we can make this retreat happen down the road.

Any payments made towards this event will be returned. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or follow up.

Confirmation Action Items: 10th grade students and parents, if you have not submitted your Confirmation action items, please do so ASAP. I will be sending individual reminders out later this week for outstanding items. To see the Confirmation action items, visit https://lifeteenfatima.com/confirmation/.

March 2020 Summary 
With the safety schedule notices posted above, the March 2020 schedule has been greatly reduced. Please use the Life Teen Fatima temporary contingency plan for updates as well as the events calendar We will attempt to reschedule canceled events when possible, additionally we will arrange to have curriculum materials available online if needed.