Welcome to Confirmation prep! This year, we will continue to assist you in considering who you are, who the Church is (yes, who) and what your relation to her is.
The format will be the same each week:
- Prayer – led by, well…you
- Interactive discussion – participation is a must
- Further educational opportunities (homework) – this is Religious Education you know
What is required of you each week? Here is a short list:
- Class book, Notebook, Bible, and folder (every week)
- Open-mind…but not a sieve
- Willing to fight for your opinions (not hand-to-hand, just with ideas)
- Willing to listen, be respectful of everyone, and learn
- Have tons of fun!
The Fingertip Rule
In an effort to give a concrete definition for students and parents, we will be following the “Fingertip Rule.” This is a simple way to measure an appropriate length for skirts, dresses, and shorts. Please take note of the following definition:
“Students may wear a dress, skirt or shorts, but the hem must extend past the student’s fingertips, when their arms are relaxed by their sides.”
What is catechesis? The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:
Catechesis (pronounced /ˌkætəˈkiːsɪs/) is an education in the faith of children, young people and adults, which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.
Why prepare for Confirmation?
Why practice or train for a sport, instrument or dance? Naturally, the answer is to perfect a particular skill or ability. Confirmation preparation is meant to assist you in training your heart and mind for heaven. Many people say they love God but they know nothing about Him. To love someone is to know them and the only way that happens is to spend time with them and to learn who they are. That is why we prepare for Confirmation which will draw us deeper into the love of the Blessed Trinity.
Role of the Parent
You are an important facilitator of your child’s formation! To assist us, we would encourage you to:
- Encourage, support, and affirm your child’s involvement in the Confirmation process.
- Ensure that your child attends Mass every Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation.
- Arrange transportation and help your child get to class each week.
- Volunteer to help coordinate, chaperone, or facilitate activities and service projects that are required and are supplemental to classroom time.
- Help them learn their prayers and support them with their homework activities which reinforce knowledge of the faith.
- Help your child prioritize their commitments and live the Christian life in all that they say, do, consume, listen to, and watch.