FUEL Follow-up

Hello FUEL parents and participants,

Last Sunday we discussed prayer and explored (and practiced) a few ways we can pray with and for others and using scripture.

We are trying to move our prayer lives from asking for conviencen in our lives and thinking about our wishes and looking to do God’s Will even though that might be hard.

We looked a a couple of prayer models from the Bible and how did they enter into conversation with God, how they responded, and how God continued to invite them to greatness! If you too want to check out these models of prayer too!

Models of Prayer from Scripture

  • As you read look for
    • Who is in the passage?
    • What is their conversation with God about?
    • What is the person’s response?
    • How does this passage apply to YOU? (What truth can you take from this passage?)
  • Genesis 12:1-9 (call of Abram and Sarai)
  • Exodus 3:1-15 (Moses at the burning bush)
  • Matthew 26:36-46 (Jesus prays in Gethsemane)

We also invited the candidates to share with us a App that they use on their phone to pray. We had a good list of Apps for Prayer our teens use!

Our next session is Sunday, Dec. 3 from 2-6 p.m.

Kendra + Confirmation Team

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FUEL Session This Sunday!

Slide2Hello FUEL Candidates and Parents!

Reminder: Our first FUEL session for Confirmation at St. Peter Chanel is this Sunday, November 5th from 2:00-6:00 pm. Check-in begins in McNamee Hall at 2:00 pm, and we will be attending the 5:00 pm Mass together as a group.

What to bring?

  • Sweater/sweatshirt
  • Open attitude
  • Bible (optional)
  • Please dress modestly and Mass appropriate.

The Confirmation Team is looking forward to a great session and a little spiritual recharge to start the week!

Blessings,

Kendra

 

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Confirmation Gown Information

Hello 2017 Confirmation Families!

Confirmation is just 3 days away!!! And I can’t wait!

Sunday at the rehearsals the Candidates took home their white Confirmation Gowns. Please let me know if you have ANY problems with them, (zippers, sizing isn’t quite right, etc.)

Gown Information:  If you take a look and feel like you need to wash the gown, please wash it in cold on delicate. You can put it in the dryer for a delicate cycle or hang dry.

If you wish to press the gown, turn inside out and press with a warm, not hot iron. Steaming is also an option for getting the creases/folds out.

Here is a video from Matthew’s Kelly’s Decision Point (10.4 On the Day) that might help you prepare and be fully present for the Sacrament. All these videos are great, but I do highly recommend On the Day.

Know the Confirmation team is praying for you!!! I hope the rest of your week goes well!

Kendra

IGNITE Workshop I – June 24-25

Hello 10th Grade Candidates and Welcome Back!

Our June IGNITE Workshop for 10th Grade candidates takes place this weekend! The IGNITE Workshop is designed to prepare candidates for life beyond Confirmation. You will explore your faith as you make it your own. You will discover how the Holy Spirit is part of your life. You will discern your gifts and talents and learn how to use them to build God’s Kingdom. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your session:

  • Please arrive  a few minutes early for check-in starting at 11:45 am in McNamee Hall.
  • Please dress modestly. On Sunday, we will be attending the 5:00 pm Mass following our session.
  • Bring a sweater or sweatshirt—McNamee Hall can be chilly.
  • Come with an open attitude and a willingness to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
  • Bring your Bible if you like (optional).

All other materials, including snacks, will be provided. We are looking forward to a fun and meaningful weekend with you. See you this afternoon!

The Confirmation Team

P.S. If you have not yet registered for an IGNITE Workshop, please complete the 10th Grade Confirmation Registration Form to sign up for the next session in July.

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Reminder: Session 4-Discipleshi

Hello 2017 Confirmation Families,

Reminder: This Sunday, Feb. 12 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. is our 4th and final Catholic Foundation Session for Confirmation – Dare to be a Disciple! We will gather in McNamee Hall and check-in begins at 1:45 p.m. We can use cupcake donations for this Sunday. If you are able to send in a dozen cupcakes please let me know by completing this cupcakes sign-up genius. Thank you in advance for your donations!

I hope you have a wonderful Holy Spirit-filled week and we’ll see you on Sunday!

Kendra

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9th: Candidate Question- What do the 4 weeks of Advent mean?

We asked the Candidates to share with us a question they have about our faith. We have received a great number of them too! We will include some of them in the coming sessions  in 2017, but there are so many and I want to address some of them on the Blog.

So, our first question that I want to address on the blog fit the liturgical season we are in: What do the 4 weeks of Advent mean?

Here is a quick list of the themes with one way to explain the weeks of Advent, but you might be able to come up with a different meaning of that word and meaning in your life.

  • The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming.
  • The 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.
  • The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.
  • The 4th Sunday of Advent symbolizes Peace with the “Angel’s Candle” reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

I also want to share with you a video that helped explain to me the spirituality of this season for me by Bishop Robert Barron from Word on Fire.

 

Blessings to you in this season of waiting and preparation! May Christ’s presence be experienced anew in the coming Christmas season!

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9th summary: Foundation Session 2 – Worship and Sacraments

Dear parents,

Sunday’s session focused on the  7 Sacraments of the Cathoic Church. We briefly talked about these Sacraments being “so big” in the Catholic Church becasue we see them as building blocks of our experiences of Christ’s love and the Salvation he has for us. From there we didn’t just “review” them but challenged the teens to go deeper with why do we use the items we use in the ritual of these Sacraments.

Some questions to continue to the conversation at home:

  • What is your favorite Sacrament and why?
  • Why is Baptism the central Sacrament to the Christian/Catholic Faith?
  • What is your response to someone when they ask you if you are saved?

Here are some of the videos used during the session and our closing reflection:

 

Why Observe the Sacraments?

 

Sacraments 101: Baptism

Pope Francis: The Sacraments will make you strong!

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9th Summary: Foundation Session 1 – Prayer

Hello parents and 2017 Candidates,

We had a wonderful first session as we discussed prayer and exprienced a few stations of prayer during the day. Your teens were very respectful and open to the activities and discussions of the day – Thank you!

During the session we briefly explored how we use prayer… do we communicated with Jesus to be our “magician” or are we in a relationship, seeking God’s will?

In a few roations we also explored:

  1. Forms of Prayer – Adoration, Confessions, Thanksgiving, Supplication (the needs of others and ourselves) and practiced a little free form prayer where we prayed outloud with a partner using the forms of prayer to guide us. Yes, it is a little uncomfortable to pray with someone else, but still something to good to include in the ways we pray.
  2. Praying with Scripture – Using the ancienct form of Lectio Divina (Read, Reflect, Respond and Rest) the teens prayed with the gospel that fell on thier 2016 birthday.
    1. You can look up your birthday Gospel too using the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops webiste, usccb.org. The calendar in the right corner links to the readings for each day of the year – YES, the church has that and wants us to read scripture!
  3. Models of prayer – Scripture gives us many models of communicating wtih God, from Abram (Abraham), Moses, David, Jesus, and the disciples. We looked at a few models of prayer and at God’s invitation, how he invites these people to greatness and how they grew in receptivity of God’s will for their lives. We can look for these same things in our communication with God.

Family Questions Discussion Starters: (these are for both the candidate, parent and other family members to discuss)

  • What is your favorite prayer or type of prayer?
  • On a scale of 1-10, where is your relationship with Jesus? Why do you think that?
  • How often do you communicate with your savior? Is that enough or do you want to include more time in prayer with Jesus?

Here were a few videos from the session that might also be fun to help you engage your teen/family in a faith converstaion.

Who do you say that I am?

We can often communicate with God like he is our magician, but is that really how we schould communicate with him? Are we seeking our will or God’s will?

Mark Wahlber on Faith, Family, Hard Work and What We Prays for. – We only showed a short part of this clip (about the last 40 seconds), but I am sharing with you to provide positive examples of the importance of our Catholic faith.

 

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! See everyone on Sunday, Dec. 4 for the next Catholic Foundation Session!

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9th – Reminder: Foundation Session Sunday

f1-how-we-prayHello Teen Candidates and Parent(s),

The Confirmation Foundation Sessions that begin this Sunday, November 13 from 2:00-4:30! Check-in will open in McNamee Hall at 1:45. Teens will tell their name to the Hospitality team at check-in, find their nametag (listed alphabetically by last name), and they will be given their small group number and color. They will then be asked to have a seat with their small group for the afternoon as there are a few things we will have the candidates do to get us started and will help facilitate future sessions, too.  Attendance is required as the Candidate prepares for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the fall of 2017.  This is a candidate only event, but adult help is still needed! The Confirmation Team has been preparing for you for a couple of weeks; and we are looking forward to spending time with you in a faith discussion, activities and prayer.

What does the teen candidate need?

  • Open attitude
  • Dress modestly
  • Jacket/sweatshirt – McNamee Hall will most likely be chilly
  • Bible (optional)

Parent help is needed in a couple of ways.

  1. We do still need about 5 Adult Confirmation Team members to help facilitate this and future sessions. So if you love your teen and your Catholic faith, we could use your help!
  2. We will be serving a light snack during the afternoon, and I could use some help from a few parents to provide some cookies to compliment the snack. If you are able to contribute cookies (store bought or homemade), please sign up here.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me, Kendra Lockhart, contact info is below.

I am looking forward to growing with your family in this season of Sacrament preparation!

Kendra Lockhart
SPC Confirmation Coordinator
klockhart@stpeterchanel.org
678-832-1235

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