3THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS Thank you to Bev and Denise for helping with the Welcome desk.
4Please take only 1 Handout Booklet per family If any are left after the meeting, you are welcome to take another.
5Intro Meeting Handouts Each package should containLetter dated December 3, 2014Family Bonding Homework Activities2015 Confirmation topicsChoosing a Confirmation Name HandoutGetting to know your Sponsor/Candidate: Discussion QuestionsConfirmation Service Hours Record Sheet
6Meeting Overview Objective of Confirmation Preparation Schedule RequirementsAbout SponsorsExpectationsAttendanceWebsite Downloads
7Meeting Overview (Continued) No Sponsor?Volunteers NeededSign up sheetsRemindersAnnouncementsQuestions?
8What is Confirmation? Section 203-207 of YouCat - 1 of the 7 Sacraments- Completes our BaptismStrengthens the Gifts of the Holy Spirit that we first receive in Baptism.Helps us live out our faith and act as witnesses of Jesus ChristReceive a special seal on our soul that marks us forever as a Christian
10Pope Francis on the Sacrament of Confirmation “The most important thing that can happen to a person, is to encounter Jesus: the encounter with Jesus who loves us, who has saved us, who gave his life for us -- to encounter Jesus…. in prayer, when we go to Mass, and when we do good works, when we visit the sick, when we help a poor person, when we think of others, when we aren’t egoistic, when we are kind.” “You… with the seal of the Holy Spirit, will have more strength for this journey, to encounter Jesus. Be courageous, don’t be afraid! Life is this journey, and the most beautiful gift is to encounter Jesus. Forward, courage!” ~ Pope Francis addressing Confirmation youth December 2, 2013.
11Objective of Confirmation Preparation Through fostering encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Confirmation ministry aims to: Joyfully prepare youth in grades 6 to 12 to receive Confirmation, which is the second sacrament of Initiation, thereby sealing their baptism and embarking upon an ongoing and life-long process of conversion and mission.
12Objective of Confirmation Preparation Receiving the sacrament of Confirmation means you want to be with us – the People of God – at Church EVERY SUNDAY, celebrating the Eucharist as the source and summit of our faith.OVERALL GOAL OF INITIATION:Full participation in Sunday Eucharist; therefore our Confirmation ministry need to illustrate to families and youth why Sunday Eucharist is so important.We intend on ensuring all our activities point towards fostering encounter and relationship with Christ, and the Eucharist as the source and summit of our faith as well as its inter-relationship with the other Sacraments of Initiation.
13Confirmation Preparation Acts 1:8 – “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses.”Gather, Proclaim, Break, SendLots of games, fun, activities, small groups, prayer and reflection.4 Super Saturdays for candidates, 1 retreat, and then Mass with the rite of Confirmation
15Confirmation Schedule 4 SUPER SATURDAYSConfirmation Students OnlyComplete family bonding homework activity before each Super SaturdayBring lunch, snack, indoor shoes, & water bottle4 Super Saturdays – January 10, February 7, March 7, and April 1110 am sign in3:15 pm Mass in Church – families invited4:00 pm end
16Confirmation Schedule Confirmation Retreat May 16, 2015.Sponsors & Candidates in attendanceIf sponsor cannot be present, then another adult who can stand in and inform sponsor what missed10 AM startLunch provided by the Church on this dateThere will be a Confirmation rehearsalFinish with Reconciliation service (no Mass on this date)4 PM end
17Confirmation Schedule Confirmation Day – May 17, 2015.Sponsors and Candidates will meet at 2:15pm in MacNeil Hall on this dateAsk parents NOT to come into Hall, as it will already be very full. Instead find a seat in Church as it will fill up quickly.
18Requirements for Confirmation Family HomeworkReflection JournalsAttendanceConfirmation SaintService Hours
19Who can be a Sponsor?Practicing Catholics who are fully initiated (having received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) and attends Sunday Mass weeklyWilling and able to help the Confirmation candidate live their life as a ChristianAt least 16 years of ageWilling to make the life-long commitment of being a prayer partner and mentor to the youthSuggest same person who acted as a godparent at BaptismCANNOT be either the father or the mother of the youth being Confirmed.One sponsor, male or female, is sufficient, but there may be two, one of each gender.No more than 2 sponsors (1 male and 1 female) is allowed.When choosing a sponsor, ask yourself whether this person leads a life that you want to imitate and inspires you in the faith?
20Expectations of Confirmation StudentsBe on timeComplete Confirmation requirementsSign in at the beginning of every Confirmation eventRespect100 %no texting, listening to mp3s or ipods during Super Saturday eventsPositive – no put downs; positive speech and actionAttendanceNot allowed to leave hall. If parent has to pick up youth, parent must come into hall and speak with me first.May be asked to assist with Confirmation Masses, readings, prayers of the faithful, bringing up gifts.
21Expectations of Confirmation Parentsdrop off + pick up on timetoo early or too late causes difficulties for volunteers.If parent has to pick up youth, parent must come into hall and speak with me firstPray with and for your child + their sponsorComplete Family Homework Activities with youthMake attending Sunday Mass as a family a priority
22Expectations of Confirmation SponsorsAttend May 16 retreat & May 17 Mass with the Rite of ConfirmationPray with and for studentsGetting to Know You Sponsor and Candidate Discussion QuestionsCheck in with youth after Super SaturdaysFoster Confirmation candidate’s faithLifelong commitment; send Christmas card and or phone call at least every year thereafter
23Attendance Mandatory attendance If family emergency or illness, give Angela as much notice as possible & parent responsibility to ensure make up work is completed and submitted to AngelaSport practices do not count as family emergenciesMissing more than one Super Saturday = missing ½ of the Confirmation preparationMeet with Fr. Jim &/or myself to discuss ability to proceed forward to Confirmation
27No Sponsor?Any families still looking for a sponsor? * Youth needing sponsor asked to stand up * Any fully initiated Catholics here willing to be youth’s sponsor?
28NEED SMALL GROUP VOLUNTEERS Adults 18 years and older who are fully initiated practicing Catholics that love Jesus and love youthWilling to complete Archdiocese screening processSupervise at Super Saturdays and retreat + help lead small groupsProvided with schedule and small group questions in advanceAttend a training session to help answer all questions.Plz SIGN UP - We require more volunteers or will not be meeting archdiocesan policy re: adult to youth ratio
29Youth Service Hour Opportunities ALTAR SERVERS – any youth here already trained as altar servers? We will need your help during Super Saturday Masses. Just sign up & earn hrs!READERS – during Super Saturday 3:15 pm Masses. Grow in public speaking & earn service hours.PICS CREW – Confirmation volunteers who take photos and video during Confirmation events then provide copies to Angela. Gain service hours! But only if submit the work.SET UP & CLEAN UP CREW – sign up to volunteer with Super Saturdays set up or clean up.CHILDREN’S CHOIR – sing your heart out! Gain service hrs for Friday practices, 4th Sunday Masses, Super Saturdays & Confirmation!SIGN UP ON VOLUNTEER SHEETS BEFORE YOU LEAVE!
32Important Items Forms Status – always check at sign in address required or you will not receive any information or updatesAdd to your address bookBaptismal certificatesplease provide copy even if child was baptized at St. Theresa’sIf certificate is in a different language, make sure translate into English on back of photocopy
33Family Homework: Before January 10 As a family, go through photos of your child's baptismTogether watch Sacraments 101: Baptism videoGetting to Know Your Sponsor and Candidate Discussion Questions
34St. Theresa’s Parish Bookstore Check it out for Confirmation gifts and more!
35First Friday Movie Night: Mary of Nazareth Friday, December 5 Starts at 7:00 pm in the parish hall. Everyone is invited!Presented by THE APOSTLES OF THE HOLY FACE & THE SECULAR FRANCISCANS
36For gr. 9-12 Christmas Party Sun December 7, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 pm in St. Theresa's parish hallWe'll play present passing games, carol jeopardy, watch a classic Christmas cartoon, eat lots of nummy snacks and socialize.
37Mon December 8, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm in St. Theresa's parish hall For grades 6-8Mon December 8, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm in St. Theresa's parish hallWe'll be watching the movie "Elf," eating snacks, making Christmas ornaments and having a great time.
40SIGN UP SHEETSSign up for volunteeringPencils on tableAll for You retreat registrations on table
41HELPING WITH CHAIRS BLACK chairs go in black metal rollers. Metal rollers located at back of hall against wallMake sure all 4 chair legs inside metal frame.GREY chairs can be left where areORANGE chairs can be left where are