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 the Ten Commandments?
- Why did God give us the Ten Commandments
- What are the “theological virtues” God gave you at your Baptism?
- Name at least 5 different ways to pray. (Not the names of prayers, but different types of prayer.)
- Prayer is fostering our _______________________ with God.
- How should our relationship with God affect our relationship with others?
- What is a saint?
- What do we mean by the “Communion of Saints” and why is it important?
- Is every single one of us called to be saints, or is it a special call to holiness that God gives to some of us?
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?
- What does is mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
- How is discipleship different from just going through the motions?
- How can you be a witness for your faith?
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.
- Learn more about your saint! You have chosen a saint to walk with you through Confirmation (and if you haven't, get on it!). Spend time learning about your saint, reading about them and trying to understand them. Find a prayer they wrote and pray it every day.
- Be a witness. Live out your faith. Attend a youth ministry event or find another way to become active in St. Thomas. Share how you are living your faith with the people around you.
- Pray with Carpe Verbum. Even though we have an adoration chapel, it might not be possible to go every day or weekly. But, we still need to listen to the Lord. 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...