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Confirmation Mass 

Dates/Time

  • July 9th – Thursday - 5pm Confirmation Mass No. 1
  • July 11th – Saturday - 5pm Confirmation Mass No. 2
  • July 18th – Saturday – 5pm Confirmation Mass No. 3
  • July 23rd – Thursday – 5pm Confirmation Mass No. 4
  • Some time in the future after Covid restrictions are lifted. 

Arrival Time

Please arrive, ready to be seated 30 minutes before Mass begins.

Location   
Saint Bridget - 6006 Three Chopt Rd., Richmond, VA 23226

Presider
Monsignor Carr

Coordinator of Candidates
Our Summer Seminarian, Seth Seaman will be helping while Dan is on Paternity leave. 


What To Do Or Say During Confirmation Mass

Few things are more awkward than a group of people completing their baptism and receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit but sitting emotionless throughout Mass.
Enjoy it: pray, celebrate, enter into the Mass and recive the Holy Spirit. The Mass is very similar to most Masses, however, there are three unique parts. 

Renewal of Baptismal Promises: 
Because Confirmation is the completion of our Baptism, it is fitting to renew our Baptismal promises made when you were a baby (typically) and periodically renewed throughout our lives. The Presider will ask the following questions of the Confirmands. Confirmands should respond clearly with "I do"

V. Do you reject Satan? 
R. I do. 
V. And all his works? 
R. I do. 
V. And all his empty promises? 
R. I do. 
V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? 
R. I do. 
V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? 
R. I do. 
V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? 
R. I do. 
V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever. 
R. Amen. 

Presentation of Candidates

  • Candidate names will be read aloud. Candidates will stand up to be recognized and will be prayed over as the Presider and concelebrants extend their hands over the whole group.

Anointing with Chrism

  • To receive the sacrament, the pew of candidates sponsors will rise and move to the aisle as though going to receive Communion.
  • Sponsors may place their right hand on the right shoulder of the confirmand if they feel comfortable doing so.
  • If the sponsor/proxy does not live in the same household as the candidate we encourage social distancing and/or hand sanitization after contact.  
  • Upon approaching the Presider be sure to remove glasses and move bangs to avoid getting oil on them.
  • The priest will use a fresh cotton swab to anoint each Confirmand with Chrism. 

Standing before the Celebrant, the sponsor, confirmand, and celebrant will all wear face masks during the follwing exchange. 
If you are nervous about what to say, print this text out and bring it with you as a cheat sheet. 

Sponsor:          (Say the Confirmation Name of the Confirmand)   “N.”
Presider:          "N., Receive the seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit." (The Celebrant anoints the forehead of the confirmand).
Candidate:        Amen.
Presider:          Peace be with you.
Candidate:       And with your Spirit.

There is no shaking hands at the exchange of peace. 

Dress Code

Gentlemen

  • Coat  
  • Tie 
  • Dress Shoes
  • Appropriate pants

Ladies

  • Shoulders covered
  • Skirt/dress hems at knee or longer
  • Lowcut necklines are inapropriate for this Mass. 
  • Appropriate shoes

NOTE: The Bishop may need to sit during the anointing in which case Confirmands will have to kneel and bend forward to receive the sacrament. In this instance short dresses and low cut tops are especially inapropriate. We will not know if this will be the posture until the day of the sacrament so please dress appropriately. 

To All Participants:
Dress should be dignified and in keeping with the dignity of a liturgical celebration.
It is essential that the presider be able to anoint the candidate on the forehead so please move hair to the side.
There are no color requirements for garments.
Candidates in this diocese do not wear stoles - if you don't know what a stole is, don't worry you don't need one. 

Contact Info

Saint Bridget Catholic Church
6006 Three Chopt Road
Richmond, Virginia 23226

Office: (804) 282-9511
Fax: (804) 285-7227

Priests' Residence:
Monsignor Carr (804) 282-9318
Fr. Tochi Iwuji (804) 551-0592
Fr. John Christian (804) 551-0473
parishmail@saintbridgetchurch.org

Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mass Schedule

Tuesday:
Reconciliation: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (in the Murphy Conference Room)

Saturday:
Reconciliation: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (in the Murphy Conference Room)

Sunday:
Mass live-streamed at 9 a.m.

Daily:
Masses live-streamaed at 9:30 a.m.

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