UPDATE ON THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (February, 2021)
HOW ARE THINGS WORKING AT THE CHURCH RIGHT NOW?
Currently, for each gathering in the church, we can accommodate 30% of the full seating capacity.
What this translates to for the celebration of Confirmation is that each family will have one pew reserved, and may have a maximum of 6 family members from the same bubble in the pew, including the student(s) receiving Confirmation.
This must be strictly adhered to so that we stay within the 30% capacity requirement.
Hand sanitizer has been provided at the entrances and must be used before entering the church.
Masks must also be worn upon entrance to the church and must be kept on for the entire celebration until you have returned to your vehicle.
Seating in the church has been arranged so that the 2m of social distance is maintained between those from difference households.
SPECIFICS FOR CONFIRMATION
Each school will have its own separate celebration (dates and times to come).
Instead of a Mass, this year’s Confirmations will be held as a Liturgy of the Word (without Communion).
We have requested 5 separate celebrations with Bishop Crosby from the Diocese, but it is very doubtful that he will be able to accommodate this request, and so our own parish priests will likely be the celebrants for some of our schools.
Students’ Participation in the Celebration:
Many of the elements of Confirmation, such having students as readers and gift-bearers, and having the students and sponsors process into and out of the church, will not be possible under the current pandemic restrictions. Instead, each student will be seated with their sponsor and family upon arrival at the church. There will be only one lector (an adult) who will proclaim all the readings including the petitions, and music ministry will be led by an instrumentalist and cantor.
No booklets or worship aids can be used.
Marking the Occasion:
A Confirmation photo is often a treasured memento. Family photos may be taken outside the church (weather permitting) or at home. These may be shared digitally with the school and/or parish so that they may be displayed, with parents’ permission, on websites or in a special PowerPoint, for example.
The majority of preparation for Confirmation, as always, will be done in school. We will be exploring the possibility of a virtual retreat day with our youth minister as well.
I understand that these modified celebrations will likely result in some disappointment as there are many things that typically are part of them that are just not possible to include under the current circumstances. However, I encourage you to take comfort and joy in the fact that we are able to celebrate this beautiful Sacrament with our children this year. Our parish and school teams are here to support you as we move forward, and will continue to communicate with you by email with future updates, reminders, and resources.
If you require any assistance or have questions, please contact our parish youth minister, Wes Moga, at:
905-662-8593 ext. 6
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be assured of my prayers for you and your family as we journey together towards these most joyful celebrations.