Conf-2: Night of Liminality, Sunday April 7th, 6-9 pm

Dear Parents & Guardians,  

Next Sunday, April 7th, is the last class night for our candidates who are preparing for Confirmation. We call this final class the Night of Liminality to underscore the place our young candidates now occupy as they stand on the threshold of Confirmation. This is also the third intermediate rite that takes place in the Church. This time it will be after the 6 pm Mass, which all the candidates are expected to attend with their family or sponsor. The night includes a talk by Father Mario, Adoration, a Candle Lighting Ceremony, Reconciliation, and many opportunities for quiet prayer and reflection.  

Perhaps the MOST meaningful part of the evening is the personal letter we ask parents, guardians or sponsors to write to their candidate to read while he or she is waiting to take part in the Candle Lighting Ceremony. Hearing from the people who love you the most makes a huge impression on a young person. This letter is your opportunity to express your love, encouragement, and purpose for leading your candidate to this crucial point in his or her life. You might also reflect upon your own Confirmation, what that day meant to you, and what you hope it will mean to him or her. Think of this as an opportunity for you to write a letter your candidate will keep and cherish forever.  

Multiple letters from different people (e.g., both parents) are welcome. However, please be sure that they are all sealed in an envelope with your candidate’s name on it. You may drop the envelope off at our office or through the mail slot in the door any time this week. You may also give the letter to your candidate after Mass on Sunday and tell him or her to put it in the reading packet he or she will pick-up at the table where the candidates usually sign in before entering the hall for class.   

I attached the program for the evening to this message so you will have a better understanding of what we have planned. Please note that the evening is scheduled to go until 9:00 pm in order to make sure we have time to do everything, but here is always the possibility that we will run a few minutes late. We ask that you do not request to have your candidate dismissed early, unless it is for a significant reason that you are willing to discuss with me beforehand. We will be collecting the candidates cell phones at the start of the evening and returning them when it is done. If there is an emergency and you need to contact your candidate during the evening, please call or text me at (781) 832-0064.

Click here to download the program for the evening

Thank you, Marina Memmo

First Confirmation II Class on Sunday!

Dear Parents,
Our first Confirmation II class is tomorrow in Our Lady of Providence Hall. The class is scheduled to start at 7 pm and is 60 minutes long. My intention is to end the class on time. However, it may run over depending on how long it takes the group to settle down and start paying attention.  If it looks like we will be running over, I will send a text to let you know.
Like last year, I am not not assigning candidates to specific tables or groups. We have 114 candidates registered for Confirmation II, and there will be 12 tables with 10 chairs each set up in Our Lady of Providence Hall. For each class, candidates will be allowed to choose where they want to sit with the following restrictions:
  1. Seating is on a first come first serve basis.
  2. No more than 10 candidates may sit together at any particular table
  3. Nobody is allowed to save a seat for someone who has not yet arrived.
I fully understand that teenagers move in packs and like to be with their friends. However, this is Church, which means that there is no “us” and “them”in this place.  So, while it is good to sit with a friend, it is good to engage with new people as well, and a Christian does not exclude or marginalize anyone. Jesus was all about table fellowship and extending hospitality to draw people together. This is an important lesson for young people to learn, and this is as good a time as any for them to learn it. Please speak to your child about the importance of being kind to a stranger (or even someone who is just a little strange!) The class is only an hour long and everyone in the room is part of the same Body of Christ.
Saint Paul writes, “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Cor 12: 12-13)
Finally… Please be sure your child ALWAYS comes to class prepared!
When candidates show up with nothing but their cell phone, it not only causes significant disorder, but shows a lack of seriousness and respect for the process.  One person not having a notebook or pencil may not seem like a big deal, but unless I make a point of telling parents to be mindful, it is never just one kid.  So please, be sure your child has what he or she needs for class.
This means candidates should come to every class with a notebook and a pen or pencil. He or she should also bring a Bible and the Decision Point book. We may not use the Bible or Decision Point book at every class, but I would like the candidates to bring them in case we want to look up something.
That’s it for now.  Pray that we have a good night tomorrow!
All the best,
Marina

Confirmation Commitment Rite

Sunday, October 14th
during the 6 pm Mass

Dear Parents,

This Sunday, our Confirmation candidates will begin their sacramental preparation with a Rite of Welcoming at the 6 pm Mass.

This is the first of three critical milestones that will mark your child’s progress in the journey towards Confirmation. In order for your child to participate in this rite, one parent must be present to commit to supporting him or her during this time.

I will have pews reserved at the front of the Church for each candidate and ONE parent to sit. If you arrive late to Church and there is no more room in the reserved pews, please sit with your child in a different location and stand together when called to do so after the homily.

At our parent meeting, I included the program for the Rite of Welcoming in the packet of handouts for the night. Please read over it so you will know what to expect during Mass.  If you do not have a copy of the program, click on this link to download the file:  Rite of Welcoming

We will also be collecting the Confirmation Candidate Commitment pledge before and after Mass. Please be sure to sign and return the blue copy of this form to us on Sunday. If you do not have a copy of the pledge, click on this link to download the file: Confirmation Candidate Commitment

Finally, the candidates will NOT be meeting after Mass. We want everyone to go home and celebrate this wonderful night with their family!

Thank you,
Marina