Confirmation Session Recaps


OCTOBER SESSION:

BUILDING A COMMUNITY

Main Idea:

We are a community that will learn, grow, and celebrate together as we prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. We will come together in three different communities: a large, whole group; and a small table group with a designated adult leader.

Topics Covered:

To begin, check out this video that is an overview of Confirmation.

 

Design a Disciple 

Confirmation is saying yes to discipleship…a disciple is a follower, one who accepts and assists in spreading the teachings of another. A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.

Think about what the traits of a follower of Christ are. What is a disciple? 

On paper, draw a person; add all the traits that are the traits of a disciple.


Everyday Christian 

We can deepen our relationship with God by practicing our faith in everyday life. It is our actions, not just our words that make us Christians.

Check out the infographic below. These are just a few ideas that can help you live a Christian life. What is an 11th goal that you feel would be important to add?

 

A Well Built Faith and the Four Pillars

Whenever we want to develop a relationship with someone, we seek to get to know and understand them better. What types of relationships do we experience in our life? What makes those relationships successful?

Through our baptism, we entered into a deep, intimate and loving relationship with God. This relationship is supported four pillars of our faith:

  • Creed - what we believe about God
  • Sacraments - how we express our love for God and vice versa
  • Morality - how we act toward God and others
  • Prayer - how we communicate with God


What is Confirmation

There are also some requirements that go along with preparing for Confirmation. Take a look at this checklist. If you can, print off this checklist to express your feelings about each statement by using the code found below. Then as an symbol of your commitment to preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, sign in the signature box. 

Codes for expressing your feelings:

C = This will be challenging for me
E = This will be easy for me
F = I am looking forward to this
H = I will need help with this
I = I will need more information


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NOVEMBER SESSION:

CREED

Main Idea:

Creeds help us articulate what we believe, especially the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. And Saints set an example for us to live those creeds. 

Topics Covered:

Who Cares About The Saints

Father James Martin is a Jesuit priest who has created videos about 12 different saints. To begin, watch his introduction video about why saints are important.

Saints Among Us

There are many saintly people around us that can help us lead holy lives. While canonized saints are people who have died and performed miracles from Heaven, there are saintly people living today. In 2014, the movie St. Vincent was released about a young boy who befriends a crabby neighbor. Towards the end of the movie, the boy (Oliver) makes a presentation at school about how his neighbor and babysitter Vince is saintly.

 

Creeds

A creed is a short, structured and concise way of expressing the beliefs of the faith. It is how we hold onto and pass on our faith.

The word creed comes from the Latin credo, which means I believe. 

The purpose of creeds is to:

  • Catechize
    • to teach new believers what the church stands for
  • Defend
    • to guard the faith against heresies and false doctrines
  • Evangelize
    • to tell the world the core of what the church believes

Two notable Catholic creeds are The Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Apostles' Creed is named after the 12 Apostles. On the day of Pentecost, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles made a preaching agreement for when they went out into the world to spread the Good News. Legend has it that each Apostle wrote one of the points in the creed. Whether that is true or not, this 12 point creed is the first statement of what Christians believe. 

The Nicene Creed is formed from the Apostles' Creed. It came from the First Council of Nicaea in 325 and the First Council of Constantinople in 381 (cities in present-day Turkey). Councils are meetings where the world's bishops come together to define teachings of the church. The Councils were called because of heresies (false teachings) that said that God the Father was more supreme than the Son or the Holy Spirit. If you check out the comparison between The Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed, you can see how the Nicene Creed addresses that heresy by expanding the statements about the divinity of Christ and Holy Spirit.

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How does this relate to Confirmation? The Sacrament of Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace - including the fact that 'it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ."

 

But if we have the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and the Bible in our lives, do we need the church and its creeds, rules, and rituals? Check out this video to hear some points made about organized religion.

Now check out a response that a priest from Chicago put together.

 

personal creed

There are two handouts below for you to read through. The first is a brief overview of the basics of what we believe as Catholics. As you read through it, ask yourself if you understand what each statement is saying (ie, do I know what the sacraments are? do I understand what original sin is? etc). The second is common myths that some people believe about Catholics. 

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Now it is your turn to write your own personal creed. Take time to write out what you believe in regard to your religion and faith. Be honest and detailed in what you accept in your heart as true. You can use the Beliefs, Practices, and Attitudes, the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed as references. 

Because this is personal, there is no need to share it with anyone. This is meant to be an exercise in putting what you believe into words. 

For december

Read Theology of Stewardship article by Bishop Bob.

Take Gifts Survey to determine what gifts God has given you.


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DECEMBER SESSION:

GIFTS AND STEWARDSHIP

Main Idea:

God gives us many gifts and we are called to be good stewards of those gifts. 

Topics Covered:

Gifts in Scripture

We learn about God through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. We can look to Sacred Scripture to discern what God wants us to know about the gifts He has given us. 

Look up the following scripture verses and reflect what God is trying to tell us about our gifts.

  • Romans 12:3-8
  • 1 Peter 4:10-11
  • 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
  • 1 Corinthians 12:28-31
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-3


A few main points to notice from the scripture verses are:

  • Everyone has a gift but no one is to think their figt is better than other's.
  • Everyone has at least one Spiritual Gift and believers are to use their gifts to glorify God.
  • We cannot choose our gifts; God does that job
  • No one has all the gifts
  • Gifts used without love do not accomplish God's intended purposes. 

 

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,


Isaiah 11:2-3 reveals the gifts that we recieve from the Holy Spirit. 

These are the gifts the Holy Spirit gave us at our Baptism. They are freely given to us to help us live as followers of Jesus and build up the Body of Christ...the Church. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are sealed and strengthened within us at Confirmation. These are the gifts God has given us to keep. They are part of our inner transformation to be more Christ-like.

Reflect of the meaning of each gift and which gift is the strongest within you and which gift needs the most strengthening. 

  • Wisdom helps us to see the world through God’s perspective – not our own.
  • Understanding is the ability to comprehend the meaning of God's message.
  • Knowledge is the ability to think about and explore God's revelation, and also to recognize there are mysteries of faith beyond us.
  • Counsel or Right Judgement is the ability to see the best way to follow God's plan when we have choices that relate to him.
  • Fortitude or Courage is doing what one knows is right.
  • Piety helps us pray to God in true devotion and to recognize what is holy and sacred.
  • Fear of the Lord is the feeling of amazement before God.


Here is a way to pray for the strengthening of the gifts of the Holy Spirit...Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Spiritual Gifts

The Holy Spirit gives other spiritual gifts. We may recieve one or more of these gifts and they stay with us for a long time, if not forever. They may be extraordinary or simple gifts but they are always for the benefit of the church. While the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are meant for us to keep within us, these spiritual gifts are meant for us to share. 

Take the Spiritual Gifts Survey to determine which is your strongest gift...Gifts Survey

For definitions, characteristics, and saints who also had the same Spiritual Gifts...Charism Discriptions 

Stewardship

All of our gifts are meant to be shared. At Resurrection, we are blessed because we have Bishop Bob. He is known around the world for his writings and teachings on stewardship. Here are two quotes from him:

“I have a dream that I die and the Lord says, ‘Morneau, you were an eight-cylinder car and you only used two cylinders.’” 

“The core of stewardship is gratitude – a gratitude that overflows into giving as a way of thankfulness for all that God has given us.”


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JANUARY SESSION:

SPONSORS AND THE EUCHARIST

This session was different than our previous sessions. In addition to working with a sponsor or parent, it also focused on two separate topics:

  • the role of a sponsor for Confirmation
  • the importance of the Eucharist to our faith 

Throughout the night, we used two resource packets - one for you (the candidate) and one for your sponsor. You and your sponsor can view or print them through the following links:

Candidate Resource Packet

Sponsor Resource Packet

Part 1 - Sponsors:

Communication

e began the night with an interesting activity. You and your sponsor can also participate in this activity by using your resource packets. Here's what you do:

  1. On page 2 of the packets, you and your sponsor have two different pictures. Position yourselves so that you can't see eachother.
  2. Describe you picture to your sponsor. They are to draw what you describe on the top have of their page. Even after you have finished, don't look at each other's packet. 
  3. Next you will switch roles. Your sponsor will describe the picture at the bottom of their page to you. However, you are to close your eyes as you draw. Your sponsor can watch you but you are to draw blindly. 
  4. Afterwards, check out how well you did by comparing both sets of pictures. 

There are many good points and lessons from this activity. First, communication between you and your sponsor will be very important. Being able to explain yourself and to listen closely will help in your journey to Confirmation and beyond. Secondly, sometimes we don't know what we're doing or where we are going, so we have to rely on others to help us - like your sponsor. When it comes to exploring your faith and your relationship to God, it is important to have someone to talk to and help you. 

Role of a sponsor

On pages 3-6 in the Sponsor Resource Packet is information about the role of a sponsor. The biggest responsibilities for a sponsor is to pray for their candidate, to meet with the candidate at least once a month, and plan a spiritual activity.

There are suggestions for spiritual activities on page 5.
Discussion questions to start conversations are on pages 12 & 13

Spiritual Timeline and spiritual growth plan

Both you and your sponsor have a Spiritual Timeline in your packets. Your sponsor and you can completed your timelines by documenting important times in your lives and share them with each other. 

Here is the start of an example:

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There is also Spiritual Growth Plans in your packets. Use the circle diagram to identify areas that you and your sponsor wish to grow in before celebrating Confirmation. Try to be as specific as possible in each of the areas of knowledge, attitude, and behavior. When finish, share your plans with each other and maybe discuss how you can support each other. 

Here is a more detailed explanation of how to fill in the areas and ideas:

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Confirmation Name

Hopefully on your timeline is when you were baptized. Baptism and Confirmation are closely connected because it is Confirmation that completes the initiation into the Church that Baptism started. During Confirmation, the Bishop will call you by name. There are two practices regarding the name he will say. He can call you by your Baptismal name or by a Christian name of your choice. It is tradition to choose the name of a saint that you feel connected to. On pages 8-11 is a listing of some saints and their patronages but feel free to look for others. Talk with your sponsor about which name you would like to choose. If you choose a name because of a saint, learn more about them and look to them help you grow in your relationship to God.

Important forms

On pages 12 & 13 of your (Candidate Resource) packet are forms for you to fill out about your Confirmation name and your Sponsors contact information. These two forms are to be returned at the February session. 

 

Part 2 - The Eucharist:

Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist are sacraments of Initiation. They are the foundations of our lives as Christians. It is the Eucharist that is at the heart of the Church's life and it is the most important thing we can do. It is the ultimate celebration of the Paschal Mystery - the mystery of how Jesus' suffering, death, Resurrection, and Ascension saves us from sin and death. 

Watch these two videos about the Eucharist and reflect on the questions that follow.

For February

Sponsor Name and Contact Information Due

Confirmation Name Due

Prayer and Spirituality will be the focus

Read A Well-Built Faith pages 131-156


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