“To each individual, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit …But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them to each person as he wishes” — 1 Cor 12:7,11
Confirmation is more than just an event. It is the final stage in an initiation, a fulfillment of one’s Baptism, the beginning of a life in Christ. It does not end one’s catechesis; it begins a new journey of personal accountability and exploration of the faith. It is not a personal choice of Catholicism since one’s parents chose to Baptism them; it is the fulfillment of their Baptism, because they were given to God on that date. It is not merely a notation in Church records; It is a personal, powerful and eternal mark upon one’s soul, a mark which brand’s them as God’s and seals them for Him. In Baptism, a person is given to God. In Confirmation, they begin His work. Are you ready?
2016-2017 CONFIRMATION CLASSES BEGAN OCT 2, 2016 – registration is now closed.
CLASS ONE: Power and Purpose of the Sacraments
- Watch the following videos:
- Complete the following worksheet: confirmation-1
CLASS TWO: ‘Bible 101’ & 10 Commandments:
As Christians, we place the importance on “love” over “respect” as Christians. We don’t just respect God by saying good things about him or going to Church on Sundays. We love God. (Matthew 22:36-39). These two greatest commandments summarize and extend the Ten Commandments. Jesus didn’t ask us to respect and honor our neighbor, he asked us to love our neighbor!
Love, in this case, is not a romantic love – but a self-giving love that always seeks what is best for the other person. The Ten Commandments are crucial to the Christian life because they teach us how to love. Christ inspires us by his life to know how to love as well.
- Watch the following video:
- Complete the following worksheet: 10-commandments-in-positive-statements
- Review the following: http://www.usccb.org/bible/understanding-the-bible/index.cfm
- Complete the following handout:confirmation-class-2-make-up
CLASS THREE: Church & Creed
“Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works.” —the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 198
- Review nicene-creed
- Sponsor papers are due NEXT month (January)
- Saint papers are OVERdue
CLASS FOUR: Vocation
Ask yourself: What are you living for? Every person on the planet is called to holiness. Our destiny ~ destination ~ is to be a saint in heaven! Its a universal calling for all of us…..but, often times, its a challenge to discover the purpose for which we are here. Trust that Its a challenge for a reason! For your journey is YOURS, unique to you ~ as are your talents. You can and will make a difference in ways only you can make happen. Do not be not afraid to follow your heart – for the Lord is with you every step of the way. The pathway we take is defined by the relationships we make along the way. Each vocation requires dedication, sacrifice, and trust. Some people
- Vocation: Vocation means ‘a call’. It is God’s invitation, His call, to each of us to love and serve Him and His Church in a particular state or way of life. Each person’s vocation flows from the grace of Baptism.
- Discernment: When talking about discovering your vocation, discernment means the process of that discovery through prayer, reflection and discussion as to how God calls each person to love Him, whether as a priest, a consecrated religious man or woman, a married person or a consecrated single person.
See Shelly for make-up worksheet.
CLASS FIVE: MORALITY & MIDTERM
Scripturally and theologically, the Christian moral life begins with a loving relationship with God, a covenant love made possible by the sacrifice of Christ. The Commandments and other moral rules are given to us as ways of protecting the values that foster love of God and others. They provide us with ways to express love, sometimes by forbidding whatever contradicts love.
The moral life requires grace. The Catechism speaks of this in terms of life in Christ and the inner presence of the Holy Spirit, actively enlightening our moral compass and supplying the spiritual strength to do the right thing. The grace that comes to us from Christ in the Spirit is as essential as love and rules and, in fact, makes love and keeping the rules possible.
The Understanding of Moral Acts
Another important foundation of Christian morality is the understanding of moral acts. Every moral act consists of three elements:
- the objective act (what we do)
- the subjective goal or intention (why we do the act)
- the concrete situation or circumstances in which we perform the act (where, when, how, with whom, the consequences, etc.)
For an individual act to be morally good, the object, or what we are doing, must be objectively good. Some acts, apart from the intention or reason for doing them, are always wrong because they go against a fundamental or basic human good that ought never to be compromised. Direct killing of the innocent, torture, and rape are examples of acts that are always wrong. Such acts are referred to as intrinsically evil acts, meaning that they are wrong in themselves, apart from the reason they are done or the circumstances surrounding them.
The goal, end, or intention is the part of the moral act that lies within the person. For this reason, we say that the intention is the subjective element of the moral act. For an act to be morally good, one’s intention must be good. If we are motivated to do something by a bad intention—even something that is objectively good—our action is morally evil. It must also be recognized that a good intention cannot make a bad action (something intrinsically evil) good. We can never do something wrong or evil in order to bring about a good. This is the meaning of the saying, “the end does not justify the means” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 1749-1761). -This was taken from USCCB website.
Put in Focus: Morality refers to our principles of how we define right from wrong (good or bad)….developing your moral identity (vice vs virtue) is a challenge. Its one thing to know what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, but another thing to live your life/ to act /deeply committed to those values. For most, values such as fairness, kindness and responsibility for others are an integral part of a our self or identity. We know how to treat others, but do we? When its a challenge to do so? Often it is emotions, such as the fear of being rejected or labeled as a “loser,” that cause us to transgress. We must nurture the strength to stand up for what is right/good by cultivating empathy and love in our families for each other. This is where the power of the Holy Spirit and its gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, fortitude, piety, fear of the Lord, and counsel empower us to follow the way, the truth, the light of Christ.
To make up today’s class, please list out and define, in your own words, the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- WATCH http://dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation/view-program/session-9/
- Please make a time to meet with Shelly to take your missed mid-term, pre-retreat.
Interested 2017-2018 Confirmation students should plan to attend HSYG on Sundays (6:30-8pm). Program information will go out through those meetings.
In order to be Confirmed this year, you/your child MUST be able to answer the following questions:
- I am 14 years old or older?
- I am a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school? (Note: If you are a freshman, have your parents’ approval & have completed at least a year in MSYG you are eligible.)
- I have received the Sacrament of Eucharist (1st Communion)?
- I am willing/able to spend a weekend (away) on retreat.