Director: Trish Meegan
Email: Confirmation Director
June 15—Due to significant parental feedback, we have had to make changes to the program schedule. After much discussion with Fr. Marciano about how to resolve the conflicts and concerns, we have decided (at Fr. Marciano’s recommendation) to push the program dates to the fall. There will be no changes in the overall end time—students will still be confirmed in the fall and we have been trying to request a date with the Bishop for November. The format will stay the same with mini-retreats that include speakers and active student participation. There will also be no changes in expectations for assignments, etc. The class dates have not been determined at this time as I will have to cross reference all availability for our speakers and the church hall bookings. I am looking to have the dates ready to go out in the next two weeks, after I confirm all the loose ends. I will email these dates to everyone and I will also publish them in the bulletin.
I am still missing contact information for people and a few people are missing sponsors. If you did not get an email from me with all of this information it means you did not submit your contact form.
- Summer Confirmation mini-retreat dates have been canceled
- New dates for September/October will be scheduled and you will be notified
- Sponsor Form due June 6
- Saint Name Assignment/Form due June 6
- Sunflowers for Steph Community Service Project due by July. You may place your project into the collection basket or office as there are no classes
- Confirmation Ceremony Date is pending per Bishop approval (November likely)
- PRINT: Confirmation Bulletin Email (May 14) Confirmation Program Update Information (May 14)
May 7—Sunflowers for Steph Community Service Assignment: The requirements for community service this year are very different than in years past due to the restrictions from the pandemic. This year, our confirmation project is simple: we will be reaching out to a very special young woman who is a devout Catholic and member of our parish who is currently confined to bed rest and fighting for her life. We will write cards and letters showing her love and fellowship. Download Sunflowers for Steph Community Service Assignment for project details.
Please be sure you have completed all the paperwork as noted below. Both the Confirmation Sponsor Form and Confirmation Saint Name with the completed assignment are due on June 6. If you have any questions or problems, please email Trish
Confirmation Contact Information: Due April 1 by email to Trish. A paper copy must also be on file and can be returned in an envelope in a collection basket or mailed to the parish office. Please clearly mark the envelope “Confirmation.”
Sponsor Form: Due June 6.
Saint Name Assignment/Form: Due June 6
Please do not call the parish office with your questions.
Confirmation General Information and Registration 2020-21
We have gone paperless in order to streamline the registration process for our families and online applications are now being accepted for the 2020-21 school year. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have decided for the safety of our families that Confirmation classes will be in the form of 4 mini-retreats.
Required: Families must be registered at St. Kevin’s or St. Benedict’s
Per Diocese of Providence regulations, all families must be registered at either St. Kevin’s or St. Benedict’s before students can attend religious education classes at St. Kevin’s. Parish personnel will confirm all registrations as Religious Education applications are submitted online and received by the office.
If you are new to St. Kevin’s and need to register: download, complete, and return St. Kevin Parish Registration Form (pdf) to the church office. Hours are Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to noon.
To register at St. Benedict’s, call 737-9492 during office hours on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Required: Baptismal certificates must be on file at St. Kevin’s
If your child is new to the program, it is a requirement of the Diocesan Office of Education and Compliance that we have a baptismal certificate on file before your child can attend classes. Baptismal forms can be uploaded during the registration process or faxed to St. Kevin’s at 401-732-2832 Attn: Christine Reilly.
If your child was baptized at another parish, please contact that parish office and request that a copy of the baptismal certificate be mailed to 333 Sandy Lane, Attn: Christine Reilly; or faxed to St. Kevin’s at 401-732-2832, Attn: Christine Reilly. Certificates can also be dropped off at the parish office during business hours Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon.
The program this year will be run in a series of 4 mini retreat sessions which will extend from 1–4 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. The students will meet in person and the classes will be held in the church/church hall in order to maintain social distancing and appropriate safety measures. There will not be an option for virtual learning. We want to provide the students with the best possible opportunity to strengthen their faith and enjoy the journey as they prepare for this important sacrament and that will be best served in person. There will be an informational meeting and introduction session held in November. By pushing back the start of classes, we are hoping to mitigate any issues due to COVID-19 that may affect classes in person this fall. Please watch the bulletin for further details as they become available. Paperwork and files will be available on the parish website as well.
The following dates will be for the Confirmation Program:
November 22: Parents and students must be present for the first hour of the meeting
April 11 (backup date/final interviews)
The Mass and the receiving of the Eucharist are the very center of our Catholic faith. The obligation to attend Sunday and holy day Masses is a responsibility for all Catholics. We expect all of our students to understand and accept this rule, which is based upon the Third Commandment. It is of vital importance your children attend weekly Mass. Parents, we humbly ask for your partnership in teaching your children the importance of Mass by taking them to church.
Community Service Hours
Form: Confirmation Service Log
Stewardship is the sharing of our time, talent, and treasure out of gratitude to Almighty God for all of the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. In preparation for Confirmation, it is important that students reflect on and identify those areas in their lives where they excel and find a way to share them with others, especially the marginalized. This is an opportunity for self-reflection on the gifts God has given to each of us. We ask that students perform a minimum of five service hours in the church and a minimum of five service hours in the community.
Each candidate will choose a sponsor before formal classes begin. The sponsor will be required to obtain a Sponsor Certificate from his or her parish prior to acceptance for this role in the faith journey of the candidate. Sponsors must be living their own lives according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, be baptized and confirmed, and if married, validly married in the Catholic Church as well as attending Mass regularly as the basic minimum of participation in the life of the church. Parents cannot be sponsors under any circumstance since they are already considered the “first and best teachers of the faith” for their children.
Whenever God did something big in the Bible, He often changed a person’s name as a sign of what He was doing. Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter, meaning “rock.” This is because Jesus made Peter the first pope, and thus started the church. When you choose the name of a saint as your confirmation name, you are choosing a friend and mentor in heaven. You should choose a saint’s name based on the connection you have with that saint’s life.