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STUFF TO KNOW
This is the head-knowledge we should have for tonight's topic. These questions are based on Diocese of Rockford Confirmation guidelines, and you'll probably recognize them from the Confirmation Quizzes we do during some of our Confirmation sessions.
- What are ways we can live out our faith?
- Why are we called to serve?
- How can you bring Christ to others?
STUFF TO watch
Here's a video that takes a different angle on tonight's topic. Feel free to check it out, if you're interested.
STUFF TO TALK ABOUT
Our faith shouldn't just stay in our heads, but we should also let this knowledge sink into our hearts. After the Confirmation session is over, we encourage confirmandi and their parents and/or sponsor to discuss the following questions. These questions will help you reflect on and apply what you learned tonight to your life.
- What stuck out to you most from the Confirmation session? Why?
- How do you feel when you serve others?
- How can you share joy with others?
- The Lord wants us to make a difference in the world. How do you want to do that?
STUFF TO DO
Our faith shouldn't just stay in our heads and hearts, but it should also significantly affect the way we live our lives. Here are some suggestions for how you could live out tonight's topic. We encourage you to pick at least one suggestion and commit to implementing it in your life. We also encourage parents and/or sponsors to make a commitment with their confirmandi.
- Find a way to regularly volunteer. What is one way you can volunteer? At school? At church? Commit to serving others for the remainder of your time in Confirmation. You can learn more about different ministries to volunteer with at St. Thomas here.
- Make a sacrifice. We are called to make sacrifices in our daily life and offer them up to the Lord. The Mass is a sacrifice. We are called to bring our own sacrifices to Mass, and offer them up along with the priest. What's a little sacrifice you can make each day or week that you could "bring" with you to Mass? Who or what will you offer that sacrifice for? For example, you could give up using Instagram on Fridays, and use that extra time to pray for all of your friends. Then when the priest raises the communion host and the chalice at Mass, offer up your prayers for your friends.
- Pray with Carpe Verbum. The Mass is our greatest prayer. But it shouldn't be our only prayer. The Church offers us a daily devotional with Bible readings (i.e. the readings for each daily Mass). We should be praying with the Scriptures every day. We know that can be a challenge, and so we encourage you to try out this free, daily, step-by-step prayer resource called Carpe Verbum ("seize the word"). Carpe Verbum texts a new prayer and lock screen graphic to your phone every morning. See details below...