Confirmation Session Recaps
BUILDING A COMMUNITY
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.
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.
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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Creeds help us articulate what we believe, especially the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. And Saints set an example for us to live those creeds.
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.
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:
- to teach new believers what the church stands for
- to guard the faith against heresies and false doctrines
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Read Theology of Stewardship article by Bishop Bob.
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