After working with the Archdiocese of Boston, we are very pleased to update you with some dates for the next round of Confirmation ceremonies at St. Bridget and Our Lady of Fatima. On November 28, Bishop Reed will be joining us for multiple Confirmation ceremonies throughout the day. It remains our top priority that our Confirmation candidates are able to receive the Sacrament in a way that is both safe and impactful. If the ceremony dates listed do not meet where your family is at in these uncertain times, it is very understandable. More opportunities for Confirmation will be available down the road as we move into the new year.
Ceremony: These events will be a bit different than the traditional Confirmation Masses. The Sacrament will be conferred by Bishop Reed but will not include a Mass. All attendees should arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the posted start time to allow for efficient seating. The ceremonies will be approximately 45 minutes. In accordance with Archdiocesan safety guidelines, each Confirmation candidate will be limited to three guests (their sponsor and two other guests).
Dates, Locations, & Sign Up: There are five ceremonies available (two at St. Bridget, and three at Our Lady of Fatima). Additional ceremonies may be added based on demand. Candidates are encouraged to sign up for whichever ceremony/location they prefer. Each candidate signed up will be assigned a seating location along with their sponsor and two permitted guests. Please use the link below to reserve a spot.
The ceremony dates/locations available are:
- Saturday, November 28, St. Bridget, 10:00 AM
- Saturday, November 28, St. Bridget, 11:00 AM
- Saturday, November 28, Our Lady of Fatima, 1:00 PM
- Saturday, November 28, Our Lady of Fatima, 2:00 PM
- Saturday, November 28, Our Lady of Fatima, 3:00 PM
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 date.
Sponsors: Due to the special circumstances of the pandemic, the attendance of sponsors is optional. The chosen, and approved, sponsors selected by each Candidate will still be their official sponsors but a proxy-sponsor (either from the parish or an attending family member) can 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 at both locations within the Parish (please see links below). Candidates are welcome to attend any session which they prefer, reservations will not be needed.
- Our Lady of Fatima (Sudbury) – Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM
- Saint Bridget (Maynard) – Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Attire: Dress attire is typical 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 would be 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.