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Confirmation Lessons

“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 Retreat 2017

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?

2017-2018 CONFIRMATION CLASSES STARTED ON NOVEMBER 12, 2017.   

**Parent Meeting was held October 15, 2017 at 7pm.  We are currently scheduling individual family meetings now through the month of November.  Sign up sheets are on Shelly’s office door.  The purpose of these meetings is for us to get to know your family’s dynamics and how we can best empower each candidate through this special year of their faith journey.**

Registration is CLOSED.

Interested 2018-2019 Confirmation students should plan to attend HSYG on Sundays (6:30-8pm) beginning September 2017.  Program information will go out through those meetings.

In order to be Confirmed this year, you/your child must be able to answer YES to the following questions:

  • I am 14 years old or older.                                                  
  • I am a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school.
  • I have received the Sacrament of Eucharist (made your 1st Communion).       
May 2017

2018 CLASS SCHEDULE:

CONFIRMATION schedule

Still need to meet with DJ & Shelly? 

Here are the times – confirm yours with Shelly ASAP.

Confirmation Meetings

ASSIGNMENTS

CLASS ONE:  Why should I be excited about being Confirmed?

NOV 12, 2017:  The focus of this first meeting was to introduce ourselves to each other and to the Sacrament you are each preparing for.  As we do at the beginning of recent years, I challenged your class to meet a challenge together & they completed my challenge successfully = which is always a good sign 🙂  This is a communal sacrament – we’ll be supporting each other, so its important to know:  There is no bad question & I will not know every answer, but I will do my best to find them out and get back to you.  Your input is VITAL – what you put into this year is what you’ll get out of it.  Being Confirmed only happens once ~ we want it to matter.  Your presence was missed, so please don’t make this a habit.  I look forward to having your input in future classes.  Like I told your classmates, this is the year to challenge yourself and your faith – be thinking about questions you have …. write them out and put them in our question box (anonymously is fine, if preferred) – we’ll go through these throughout the year.

What to do now? 

  • These are my notes: CONFIRMATION CLASS ONE NOTES, please review them.  We’ll have you introduce yourself at the next meeting.
  • One of the ways we encourage others is by sharing our faith story – I shared mine today.  Here’s one to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6fD7D8coI0
  • You will want watch the following video to get caught up.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu3MoT_egFI&t=85s
  • You will need to complete the following worksheet and turn it in at the beginning of our next class (December 10 at Noon in Classroom #3 & #4).  You may download it here: Class #1- REVIEW (Confirmation)
  • Due to our limited number of classes together (8 remain), you will need to provide a reason for missing the class.  Complete the following form and attach it to your makeup work. Download it here:  Confirmation 2018 | Missed Class Form
  • For next month, research saints to select your Patron Saint for Confirmation.  It is in this person’s name you will be confirmed – seek out someone whose life and passions you share and/or desire to have strengthened in your life.  Write a page telling me who you are choosing and why you are choosing them. THIS IS DUE DECEMBER 10, 2017.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for a time slot for you/your parents to meet with us, so we can get to know you and your needs from us better.  The sign up sheet is on my office door.

Its not about being perfect.  Its about having faith & when you embrace the practice of prayer every single day, that’s where transformation happens….that’s how conversion of heart and revelation of one’s purpose occurs.

It was a difficult class to miss, but let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!

CLASS TWO:  SCRIPTURE & CHURCH TEACHING

DEC 10, 2017:  At the beginning of today’s class, your Patron Saint papers were due.  We opened up our class with a discussion of who chose whom & why.  Please be prepared to share your choice next class.  In addition, I introduced two simple ways to pray:

  • Gummy Bear Prayers (We each chose a gummy bear & had to say a specific prayer based upon its color.)  Why?  Learning to see the world around you through eyes of gratitude, via short & sweet prayers, we find it easier to change our perspective & begin seeing the goodness all around us/everyday that we may take for granted.
  • Five Finger Prayers (using your own hand):
    • Thumb:  Pray for those closest to us (family and friends)
    • First Finger:  Pray for those who teach us
    • Middle Finger:  Pray for our leaders
    • Ring Finger:  (our weakest finger) Pray for those who suffer
    • Pinkie Finger:  Pray for ourselves

The main purpose of today’s class was to consider how we see God, how he sees us, and what God wants for us.  To do this, we first discussed several depictions of how people see God.  There is no right or wrong answer, please review the attachments below.  Next, we looked up several scripture verses and in small groups discussed their meaning/context.  You’ll need to do the same.  Finally, we reviewed several points of scripture/key Church teachings (See page two of my notes).

What to do now? 

  • Please review the following depictions of how people see God & choose which one you find most resembles your vision – you will need to write a brief explanation on the Class Two worksheet (attached below).  See the depictions here:  https://www.ignatius.com/promotions/YOUCAT_Confirmation/Lesson2IllustrationsandBibleVerses.pdf
  • These are my notes: Confirmation Class #2, please review them prior to completing Class Two worksheet questions.
  • You will want watch the following videos to get caught up:
  • You will need to complete the following worksheet and turn it in at the beginning of our next class (January 14, 2018 at Noon in Classroom #3 & #4).  You may download it here:  REVIEW: Class #2
  • Due to our limited number of classes together (7 remain), you will need to provide a reason for missing the class.  Complete the following form and attach it to your makeup work. Download it here:  Confirmation 2018 | Missed Class Form
  • For next month, your Confirmation Sponsor Form is due . This is the person (people) you are asking to support you along this journey with prayer and to empower you in your faith (through their example and friendship) for the rest of your life.   Its a BIG deal.  Please let me know, if you need help finding a good choice. THIS IS DUE JANUARY 14, 2018.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for a time slot for you/your parents to meet with us, so we can get to know you and your needs from us better.  The sign up sheet is on my office door.

Prayer is bringing your worries and wishes to God.  Faith is leaving them there.

CLASS THREE:  SACRAMENTS & MASS (PT 1:  Liturgy of Word)

JAN 14, 2018:  At the beginning of today’s class, your Sponsor paperwork was due.  However, since Fr. Martin has been out-of-town and unable to sign them, I’ve extended the deadline to Jan 28, 2018.  We opened up our class with a discussion of my expectations for you, as candidates.  Over the next month, we’ll be rapidly approaching our retreat = all paperwork needs to be in.  Please do what you need to do to be ready.  If there are any questions, please contact me now.

RESOURCES

Sacraments

Mass

What to do now? 

  • Please review the links above and my notes – see here: Confirmation Class 3
  • You will want watch the following videos to get caught up:
  • You will need to complete the following worksheet and turn it in at the beginning of our next class (January 28, 2018 at Noon in Classroom #3 & #4).  You may download it here:  Class 3 Worksheet
  • Due to our limited number of classes together (6 remain), you will need to provide a reason for missing the class.  Complete the following form and attach it to your makeup work. Download it here:  Confirmation 2018 | Missed Class Form
  • For next class, your Confirmation Sponsor Form is due . This is the person (people) you are asking to support you along this journey with prayer and to empower you in your faith (through their example and friendship) for the rest of your life.   Its a BIG deal.  Please let me know, if you need help finding a good choice. THIS IS DUE JANUARY 28, 2018.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for a time slot for you/your parents to meet with us, so we can get to know you and your needs from us better.  The sign up sheet is on my office door.

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.