2021 Confirmation

Hello Confirmation 2021 Families. This page provides me a place to communicate messages without having to depend on the accuracy of email addresses! I will provide the messages in reverse chronological order, so the newest will always be on top. For general information about our Youth Confirmation program, click here.

Tuesday, Oct 26:

CONFIRMATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED!

A giant CONGRATULATIONS to all our 2021 Confirmandi who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last night here at St. Andrews! You all did us proud in your strong responses to the Renewal of Baptismal Promises and in your conversations with the bishop. He was very pleased last night. A couple of final reminders:

Photography

Our photographer will now take the raw images he captured last night (LOTS of them!) and go through editing each one for maximum quality. Once done, he will upload them to his website and send me instructions to forward to you. You will be able to download for free the moment of Confirmation and the picture of the bishop with Confirmandi and sponsor. All other pics will be available for purchase either as a download or as a product (Confirmation coffee mug anyone?!). As he is a one man shop, the preparation process can take a few weeks. Be patient and once they are ready I will send you a text and email with instructions.

Robes and Certificates

If you'd like to donate your robe back to us, you can do so at the time that you pick up your Confirmation Certificate. Those certificates will be available from the Faith Formation Office here in the Parish Office building in about 10 days. I will send a message when they are ready for pick up. At that time, we invite all who can to come during our open office hours (Mon-Fri 10a-4p) to pick up the certificate. If you cannot make it during those hours, let us know (239.574.2411) and we'll make an appointment for another time.

 

Congratulations again! You will hear from me again with Youth Group invitations to other events or programs here at the parish so that your teen knows there are other ways to connect to church besides Confirmation - and can start putting those Gifts of the Holy Spirit to good work by building up our Youth Group community!

 

 

Wednesday, Oct 20:

CONFIRMATION PRACTICE!

When: Sunday, Oct 24, 6:00 pm (should take about an hour)

Where: main Church, enter through south doors (like for our gatherings)

Who: Candidates and Sponsors (or Proxies) - if sponsor can't come to practice but can come to Mass, send another adult in their place to pass on information!

What: you will get your robe and we will be walking through all parts of the Confirmation Rite including the walking up to the bishop and answering questions (fake bishop Jerry will be asking!), so...

Beforehand: refresh your memory about the life of your saint, why you chose them, and which Gift of the Holy Spirit (of the official seven!) do you hope to receive or did you see in your saint

 

Second Reminder: Sacrament of Reconciliation

Prior to receiving Confirmation, it is very appropriate and highly encouraged that every candidate receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

We do not at St. Andrew provide a set date or time for Confirmation candidates to make a confession.

Thus, I remind you that our parish offers this Sacrament on the following date and times during which your candidate can come:

Saturday, Oct 23 at 9:30 - 10:30 am (after 9:00 am daily Mass) and 7:00 - 8:00 pm (during evening Adoration).

During those times your candidate enters the church through the south doors (the ones facing the school, used for our sessions) and gets in line for one of the priests. As Fr. Anand remains out of town (visiting his family in India) Fathers Eduardo and Dan are both on the schedule for all these times. (Thus, if you'd like to confess in Spanish, Fr. Eduardo should be available.) Usually in the morning the two confessional rooms are used while in the evening a confessional room and the south quiet (cry) room is used as a confessional so the priest can keep an eye on the Blessed Sacrament on the altar (since Eucharistic Adoration happens at the same time as confessions on Saturday evening).

As a record of this reception is not kept, you do not need to contact Jerry to let him know you availed yourself of this Sacrament.

Click here if you'd like a guide to remind you how to receive this Sacrament.

 

Friday, Oct 15:

Reminder: Sacrament of Reconciliation

Prior to receiving Confirmation, it is very appropriate and highly encouraged that every candidate receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

We do not at St. Andrew provide a set date or time for Confirmation candidates to make a confession.

Thus, I remind you that our parish offers this Sacrament on the following dates and times during which your candidate can come:

Saturday, Oct 16 at 9:30 - 10:30 am (after 9:00 am daily Mass) and 7:00 - 8:00 pm (during evening Adoration).

or

Saturday, Oct 23 at 9:30 - 10:30 am (after 9:00 am daily Mass) and 7:00 - 8:00 pm (during evening Adoration).

During those times your candidate enters the church through the south doors (the ones facing the school, used for our sessions) and gets in line for one of the priests. As Fr. Anand remains out of town (visiting his family in India) Fathers Eduardo and Dan are both on the schedule for all these times. (Thus, if you'd like to confess in Spanish, Fr. Eduardo should be available.) Usually in the morning the two confessional rooms are used while in the evening a confessional room and the south quiet (cry) room is used as a confessional so the priest can keep an eye on the Blessed Sacrament on the altar (since Eucharistic Adoration happens at the same time as confessions on Saturday evening).

As a record of this reception is not kept, you do not need to contact Jerry to let him know you availed yourself of this Sacrament.

Click here if you'd like a guide to remind you how to receive this Sacrament.

 

Monday, Oct 4:

Confirmation Month! Paperwork MUST be in.

For those of you who haven't sent me a baptismal certificate or have any other paperwork needs, those must be resolved ASAP! If I do not have a baptismal certificate on file (either a copy from you or notification that you were baptized at St. Andrew and in what year) then you will NOT be Confirmed this month!

I will be in touch this week before our next gathering with each of you who owes me paperwork to let you know what's missing. If you don't hear from me, that means you're all set!

Calendar / Schedule

Confirmation Part Two Schedule - Only 3 gatherings remain!

Final Confirmation Class - THIS Sunday, Oct 10, 3 - 4:30pm - DON'T MISS IT!

Confirmation Practice - Sunday, Oct 24 - 6:00pm - WITH SPONSOR/PROXY

CONFIRMATION MASS - Monday, Oct 25 - 6:00pm with Bishop Dewane