Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation 2020

Sacrament of Confirmation is being held in three separate Masses on Friday, September 11, 2020 and Saturday, September 12, 2020 based on the last name of the Confirmation Candidate. The schedule is as follows:

Date Time Who Mandatory Practice Time
on Tue, Sep 8
Fri, Sep 11 6:00pm Last Name A-Gillespie 5:00-6:00pm
Sat, Sep 12 10:00am Last Name Goguen-N 6:15-7:15pm
Sat, Sep 12 1:00pm Last Name O-Z 7:30-8:30pm

Requests for Change in Scheduled Confirmation

Parents may request to make a change to their Candidates' scheduled Confirmation date (due to unmitigated issues) but must do so during the sign-up for the Mandatory Parent Meeting (see below). Please refrain from sending an email or calling the office before the Parent Meeting.  

Mandatory Parent Meeting (Sign Up)

Option Day/Time Sign Up
1 Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Rescheduled for Tuesday, July 14 – 6:30-7:30pm
2 Thursday, May 14, 2020
Rescheduled for Thursday, July 16 – 7:30-8:30pm

Location: webcast (details to be emailed)


For Confirmation 2 Parents only. Confirmation Preparation and Post Confirmation topics will be covered. Please select 1 of the 2 meetings date options to Register for a Meeting. During the registration process, you will be providing your child(ren) robe size(s), program feedback and post questions about the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Information Gathered from Parents:

  1. Request for change in scheduled Sacrament of Confirmation
  2. Height of Confirmation Candidate for Robe Size
  3. Identification of Sponsors that require Handicap Seating
  4. Volunteering Candidates for Readers (3 per mass) and Gift Bearer (4 per mass) opportunities.
  5. Any outstanding Confirmation requirements paperwork that have not been submitted by the Confirmation Candidate to include Sponsor / Confirmation Name Selection Form and Works of Mercy & Service Log.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Confirmation Director will be sending an email to parents prior to the end of the Spring Session to inform them of any requirements remaining to include lesson make-ups.

Confirmation Practice / Rehearsal

A mandatory practice is scheduled for Confirmation Candidates and their Sponsors. The Candidates and Sponsors must attend the correct Practice for their scheduled Confirmation date and time. The practice will provide the Candidates and Sponsors with their individual seat assignment, with an understanding of what is required of them during the Mass and administering of the Sacrament, and provide a walk-through of the processional from the Lower Church to the Upper Church where the Mass will be held.

If the Sponsor is unable to attend this practice (due to distance or availability), a Parent may fill in for them.

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Where: Lower Church Chapel
Times (based on Scheduled Confirmation above):

Due to the size, seating and logistics of the Sacrament of Confirmation, each Candidate and their Sponsor must attend the correct practice session for their scheduled Confirmation date and time. Do not show up at any other time as you will not be accommodated for.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Confirmation Candidate should receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before they make their Confirmation. Make this incredible gift of reconciliation and penance a special part of cleansing your heart and soul as you prepare for receiving the Holy Spirit. Reconciliation is held in the church on Saturdays from 3:00-3:45pm.

Sacrament of Confirmation Mass Details

Arrival Instructions: Candidates and their Sponsors are to be in the Lower Church Chapel one half hour before Confirmation begins to meet with Most Rev. Robert Reed, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston. Punctuality is required of both the Candidates and their Sponsors. Candidates must arrive wearing their Confirmation Robe.

Personal Presentation: All Candidates and Sponsors shall wear proper attire and footwear in reverence of the Holy Mass and Sacrament. No water, food or gum is to be brought. Phones will be powered off upon arrival and throughout the Mass.

Photography: Out of respect for the dignity and holiness of this Liturgy, no photography of any kind is allowed in the church. Please respect the Parish's desire to celebrate this sacrament without any distraction and with everyone participating fully in prayer. Please advise relatives and friends that no pictures or video are allowed during the Mass. Bishop Reed will be available for pictures after the Liturgy.

Confirmation Gift Bearers and Readers

The celebration of Mass for the Sacrament of Confirmation includes the Readings from Scripture and Presentation of the Gifts. There are several openings for your child to take part in this special opportunity to be a Readers OR Gift Bearer (2 girls and 2 boys) for their scheduled Confirmation. If your child is interested, please email the Confirmation Director at confirmation.director@stmarysfranklin.org. These opportunities MUST be filled so please act quickly as they are available on a first come basis.

Confirmation Robes

Look for an email from the Confirmation Director requesting your Confirmation Candidate’s robe size and date/time for pickup.

If you have any questions of concerns, please call the Religious Education Office at 508-528-1450.