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1 Confirmation Class Sharing in the Eucharist

2 Overview First Thoughts Opening Ritual Solidarity Passover The Lamb of God An Offering of Love Eucharist: Life Changing Encounter Sacrifice One Mind and Heart with Christ Confirmation and Eucharist The Church Lives the Faith Living the Faith First Thoughts Opening Ritual Solidarity Passover The Lamb of God An Offering of Love Eucharist: Life Changing Encounter Sacrifice One Mind and Heart with Christ Confirmation and Eucharist The Church Lives the Faith Living the Faith

3 First Thoughts In the Eucharist Jesus comes to us and offers us the strength to transform our lives Through the Lords Supper we receive the grace to transform our lives in Christ In the Eucharist Jesus comes to us and offers us the strength to transform our lives Through the Lords Supper we receive the grace to transform our lives in Christ

4 Opening Ritual Turn to page 107 for the Opening Ritual Need one volunteer (reader) in the Opening Ritual Show reverence during the ceremony and during the Sharing of Bread ritual Once finished with the Opening Ritual have a seat Turn to page 107 for the Opening Ritual Need one volunteer (reader) in the Opening Ritual Show reverence during the ceremony and during the Sharing of Bread ritual Once finished with the Opening Ritual have a seat

5 Opening Ritual What was your experience as you shared the bread and connected it with those who are suffering?

6 Do you remember where you were when you heard of the 9/11 terrorism activities?

7 Do you recall any solidarity, or connection, with the victims or with your own families? Please explain.

8 In what way does your experience of solidarity, with those who suffer, help you better understand the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins?

9 What is Passover?

10 Passover The Hebrew word for Passover, pesah, is translated pascha in Greek Gospels clearly link the Paschal Mystery with Passover The Hebrew word for Passover, pesah, is translated pascha in Greek Gospels clearly link the Paschal Mystery with Passover

11 The Lamb of God Turn to page 78 and read, The Lamb of God Highlight the key points Turn to page 78 and read, The Lamb of God Highlight the key points

12 The Lamb of God Slaughter of the Passover lamb Blood marked the doorposts of the homes of the Israelites. This signaled the Lord to pass over that door and not let the destroyer come into your houses (Exodus 12:23) Jesus is the Lamb of God The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29) Innocent blood of Jesus delivered humanity from the slavery of sin and power of death Slaughter of the Passover lamb Blood marked the doorposts of the homes of the Israelites. This signaled the Lord to pass over that door and not let the destroyer come into your houses (Exodus 12:23) Jesus is the Lamb of God The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29) Innocent blood of Jesus delivered humanity from the slavery of sin and power of death

13 The Lamb of God In the Eucharist, we share in the Body and Blood of Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of both the living and dead

14 An Offering of Love Jesus conversation with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) Nicodemus came to Jesus in the darkness of night Jesus told Nicodemus he couldnt enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit The symbolism used was one of lightness and darkness In your reading, we have another either-or choice, one of light and darkness Judas faced an either-or decision: Should he betray Jesus and hand him over to certain death, or treat Jesus as would a loyal and faithful disciple? Jesus conversation with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) Nicodemus came to Jesus in the darkness of night Jesus told Nicodemus he couldnt enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit The symbolism used was one of lightness and darkness In your reading, we have another either-or choice, one of light and darkness Judas faced an either-or decision: Should he betray Jesus and hand him over to certain death, or treat Jesus as would a loyal and faithful disciple?

15 An Offering of Love After Judas makes his choice, John very deliberately states, And it was night (John 13:30)

16 How does a history of innocent suffering link the Jewish Passover and the Eucharist?

17 Eucharist: Life-Changing Encounter The Bible is filled with account of peoples life-changing encounters with God Many took place during a meal or were followed by or commemorated in a meal For example, the two disciples who recognized the Risen Lord in breaking of the bread Read Luke 24: The Bible is filled with account of peoples life-changing encounters with God Many took place during a meal or were followed by or commemorated in a meal For example, the two disciples who recognized the Risen Lord in breaking of the bread Read Luke 24: 29-31

18 What is a sacrifice?

19 Faith Vocabulary - Sacrifice The free offering, out of love, of something of great value, for example, ones life

20 Faith Vocabulary - Sacrifice Old Testament Sacrifice was a festive time of thanksgiving to God The larger the sacrifice, the greater the joy one expressed towards God Creation of the Temple The purpose of the Temple was to house God, to feed God in exchange for Gods protection Annual trip to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices at the Temple Old Testament Sacrifice was a festive time of thanksgiving to God The larger the sacrifice, the greater the joy one expressed towards God Creation of the Temple The purpose of the Temple was to house God, to feed God in exchange for Gods protection Annual trip to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices at the Temple

21 Faith Vocabulary - Sacrifice Destruction of the Temple Worship shifted from sacrificial offering to prayer New Testament Sacrifice becomes key way to understand the death of Christ and the celebration of the Eucharist In participating at Eucharist we participate in the Paschal Mystery We offer ourselves as a living sacrifice Holy and pleasing to God Destruction of the Temple Worship shifted from sacrificial offering to prayer New Testament Sacrifice becomes key way to understand the death of Christ and the celebration of the Eucharist In participating at Eucharist we participate in the Paschal Mystery We offer ourselves as a living sacrifice Holy and pleasing to God

22 Group Exercise Read silently … Eucharist: Life-Changing Encounter on page 80 One Mind and Heart with Christ on page 81 Read silently … Eucharist: Life-Changing Encounter on page 80 One Mind and Heart with Christ on page 81

23 How does sharing in the Eucharist transform our lives?

24 Eucharist: Life-Changing Encounter There are two sides to every life-changing encounter with the Mystery of God Gods part and Our response God is present and active at every Eucharist celebration in many ways In the Scripture The assembly The priest In the Body and Blood Christ There are two sides to every life-changing encounter with the Mystery of God Gods part and Our response God is present and active at every Eucharist celebration in many ways In the Scripture The assembly The priest In the Body and Blood Christ

25 One Mind and Heart with Christ The power of the holy Spirit is at work in the Eucharist to … deepen our union with Christ, deepen our unity the Church, separate us from sin, and commit us to the poor The power of the holy Spirit is at work in the Eucharist to … deepen our union with Christ, deepen our unity the Church, separate us from sin, and commit us to the poor

26 One Mind and Heart with Christ Externally Listen Respond to prayers Singing Internally Lift your mind and heart to God Let God guide you to be aware of what is happening inside you Externally Listen Respond to prayers Singing Internally Lift your mind and heart to God Let God guide you to be aware of what is happening inside you

27 Small Group Exercise Break into groups of 3 or 4 Individually and silently read the Bible verses assigned to your group Once everyone is finished reading, complete the Life-Changing Encounters worksheet, as a group Each group will share their responses with the whole group Break into groups of 3 or 4 Individually and silently read the Bible verses assigned to your group Once everyone is finished reading, complete the Life-Changing Encounters worksheet, as a group Each group will share their responses with the whole group

28 Noah and the Flood Genesis 9:1-13 Who is having an encounter with God? What is God doing in the encounter? What is the person or people doing in the encounter? Describe the result of the encounter. How was it life-changing, or transforming? Who is having an encounter with God? What is God doing in the encounter? What is the person or people doing in the encounter? Describe the result of the encounter. How was it life-changing, or transforming?

29 Abraham and Isaac Genesis 22:1-14 Who is having an encounter with God? What is God doing in the encounter? What is the person or people doing in the encounter? Describe the result of the encounter. How was it life-changing, or transforming? Who is having an encounter with God? What is God doing in the encounter? What is the person or people doing in the encounter? Describe the result of the encounter. How was it life-changing, or transforming?

30 Moses and the Covenant Exodus 24:1-8 Who is having an encounter with God? What is God doing in the encounter? What is the person or people doing in the encounter? Describe the result of the encounter. How was it life-changing, or transforming? Who is having an encounter with God? What is God doing in the encounter? What is the person or people doing in the encounter? Describe the result of the encounter. How was it life-changing, or transforming?

31 What excuses do some teens make for not fulfilling their responsibility of taking part regularly in Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation?

32 Holy Days of Obligation DateHoly DayComments 1 JanMary, Mother of GodHonors Mary as the mother of Jesus Christ 16 MayAscension of the Lord40 th day after Easter commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven 15 AugAssumption of the Blessed Virgin (T) (1) The happy departure of Mary from this life; (2) the assumption of her body into heaven 1 NovAll SaintsTo honor all the saints, known and unknown 8 DecFeast of the Immaculate Conception Immaculate conception of Mary 25 DecChristmasBirth of Christ

33 Liturgy Link One of the special graces of the Eucharist connects us to the poor and suffering and demands that we stand in solidarity with them and act on their behalf. The Eucharist commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren One of the special graces of the Eucharist connects us to the poor and suffering and demands that we stand in solidarity with them and act on their behalf. The Eucharist commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren Ref: CCC 1397

34 Confirmation and Eucharist Sacraments of Christian Initiation Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist Foundation of Christian life In the Beginning Preparation for celebrating these sacraments lasted for many years and took place in a process known as the catechumenate Sacraments of Christian Initiation Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist Foundation of Christian life In the Beginning Preparation for celebrating these sacraments lasted for many years and took place in a process known as the catechumenate

35 Confirmation and Eucharist Centuries later Confirmation became separated from Baptism and the Eucharist; infant Baptism became the norm; sharing in the Eucharist was not allowed until the child had first been confirmed (o/a 12 yrs of age) Beginning of the 20 th Century Baptized as infants; permitted to receive Communion at the age of reason, or discretion, around the age of 7; Confirmation was celebrated at a later age Centuries later Confirmation became separated from Baptism and the Eucharist; infant Baptism became the norm; sharing in the Eucharist was not allowed until the child had first been confirmed (o/a 12 yrs of age) Beginning of the 20 th Century Baptized as infants; permitted to receive Communion at the age of reason, or discretion, around the age of 7; Confirmation was celebrated at a later age

36 Transformed into the Body of Christ Confirmation stresses the connection of this sacrament to the Eucharist You must have a genuine desire to fully, consciously and actively share in the Eucharist Youre transformed into the Body of Christ as a full member of his Church Confirmation stresses the connection of this sacrament to the Eucharist You must have a genuine desire to fully, consciously and actively share in the Eucharist Youre transformed into the Body of Christ as a full member of his Church

37 Individual Exercise On page 83, read the Lifelinks section at the bottom of the page Close your eyes in prayer asking the holy Spirit to show you how to participate in the Mass each Sunday more fully, actively, and consciously On page 83, read the Lifelinks section at the bottom of the page Close your eyes in prayer asking the holy Spirit to show you how to participate in the Mass each Sunday more fully, actively, and consciously

38 How can you more fully, actively, and consciously participate in the Mass each Sunday?

39 The Church Lives the Faith Catholic Relief Services The bishops of the US recognize Christ in the poorest by participating in the work of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) CRS stand in solidarity with the poor of the world in their work in Niger, since 1991, one of the poorest nations in the entire world Smaller than Alaska 63% of 12.5 million people live on less than one US dollar a day 40% of children are malnourished 84% of adults cannot read or write The bishops of the US recognize Christ in the poorest by participating in the work of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) CRS stand in solidarity with the poor of the world in their work in Niger, since 1991, one of the poorest nations in the entire world Smaller than Alaska 63% of 12.5 million people live on less than one US dollar a day 40% of children are malnourished 84% of adults cannot read or write

40 The Church Lives the Faith Catholic Relief Services Catholic Relief Services (CRS) include the following: Food for Work: Help over 40,000 household learn sustainable agriculture techniques, improve local infrastructure, and feed their families Food Security: Promotes sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and improved health and nutrition in 120 villages Nomad Education: Runs an education project helping nomad children access quality primary education Catholic Relief Services (CRS) include the following: Food for Work: Help over 40,000 household learn sustainable agriculture techniques, improve local infrastructure, and feed their families Food Security: Promotes sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and improved health and nutrition in 120 villages Nomad Education: Runs an education project helping nomad children access quality primary education

41 Living the Faith The Sermon on the Mount presents a vision and summary of how the disciples of Jesus are to bear witness to their faith in him These actions are key to what it means for you to participate in the Eucharist at a deep level (fully, actively, and consciously participating in the Eucharistic celebration) The Sermon on the Mount presents a vision and summary of how the disciples of Jesus are to bear witness to their faith in him These actions are key to what it means for you to participate in the Eucharist at a deep level (fully, actively, and consciously participating in the Eucharistic celebration)

42 Faith Decision The Beatitude Beatitude in Contemporary Language Beatitude in Action Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. People who have faith and trust in God above all else know God loves them. Keep God first in their lives.

43 The Beatitudes Matthew 5:3-11 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.

44 Summary First Thoughts Opening Ritual Solidarity Passover The Lamb of God An Offering of Love Eucharist: Life Changing Encounter Sacrifice One Mind and Heart with Christ Confirmation and Eucharist The Church Lives the Faith Living the Faith First Thoughts Opening Ritual Solidarity Passover The Lamb of God An Offering of Love Eucharist: Life Changing Encounter Sacrifice One Mind and Heart with Christ Confirmation and Eucharist The Church Lives the Faith Living the Faith


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