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 is the Eucharist?
- The Eucharist is not a ___________. It’s really Jesus!
- Why is the Eucharist known as the “source and summit” of our faith?
- What is the “Incarnation”?
- Is Jesus God or is He a man?
- What is the “Paschal Mystery”?
- What sort of suffering did Jesus go through during his passion and death?
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?
- The Eucharist is not a symbol. It’s actually Jesus, God himself. Is that easy or hard for you to believe? Why?
- Why would Jesus have done something so... well, weird? Ask us to eat Him.
- For us Catholics, why is the Eucharist so central and important to our faith? What’s the big deal?
- How would you explain the Eucharist to a friend?
- Why is it so important that we receive the Eucharist regularly?
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.
- Go to Adoration! St. Thomas has a 24/7 adoration chapel. Have you ever been inside? Find a time with your sponsor or parent and go to adoration together. If you don't know what to do in adoration there are books you can borrow in the entrance to the chapel.
- Attend Mass. At Mass we are able to receive Christ in the Eucharist. If you don't already commit to attending Mass every Sunday. Msgr. likes to say commit for 6 weeks and see how your life has changed, you will want to keep going. To find Mass times at St. Thomas click here.
- 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...