Good morning Confirmation Year 1 parents,
I will post a summary of the Confirmation Foundation sessions in the days following the session. As a parent taking my role as primary catechsits, I have found it helpful for me to know and understand what topic is being presented to my children as they are now school age and preparing for the Sacraments. Luckily my children bring handouts home and often work on them during the week to provide opportunities to dicuss what the topics they are exploring in faith. As a Confirmation team we know that teens are not always as forthcoming as younger children so we want to provide a content for the parents to be able to know the information being presented. We hope this will provide you an opportunity to continue to explore these topics for yourself and with your teen, no matter how short your conversation might be. Sacrament preparation is a time that the family is able to refocus on thier understanding of the Sacrament and continue to deep our relationship with God.
Each of the Year 1 Foundation sessions are based on the four parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the YouCat, the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church developed during Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy. The YouCat presents the topics of the Catechism in a little more teen friendly manner and wording. The first session topic is from the first part of the Catechism, “What We Believe.”
The Creed was the basis for this session, but we did not just present the Creed as the candidates covered that specifice topic during their 8th grade foundation year. Rather, we focused on the Covenant relationship God seeks with each of us.
This is a video that presenting the meaning of the Covenant God has entered with us and the development of our understanding of the Covenant.
God, the Father
Each of us can fall into an understanding of God that is not complete. In fact, we are human and so it is difficult for us to understand a God who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Our lifetime is made up of moments and events in which we grow in our understanding of God.
To help breakdown some teens understanding of God we addressed a few myths about God the Father. The Myth’s follow with the details in the link provided.
- When people call God “Father” they are saying that God is male.
- Religion and science do not play well together. I have to choose between God and science.
- All religions worship the same God.
- God is distant.
Here are the talking points for your own reference, God the Father Myth Busters – References Resources
Jesus, the Son of God
God revealed divine love to us in the person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Jesus shared all our human characteristics and feelings. In the gospels we find a description of the human experiences of Jesus.
Each small group was assigned to read one of the stories listed below that describes a feeling or human characteristic of Jesus. They reflected on the meaning of this story. They used the questions that follow to assist them. You may ask your teen which story and emotion they discussed and if they got to the Emoji activity.
- Jesus as compassionate: Matthew 9:36 – groups 1, 2, 3
- Jesus as angry: Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 3:5 – groups 4, 5, 6
- Jesus as troubled: John 11:33 – groups 7, 8, 9
- Jesus as tempted: Matthew 4:1-11 –groups 10, 11, 12
- Jesus as crying: John 11:35-36 – groups 13, 14,
- Jesus as loving: Mark 10:21 – groups 15, 16
- Jesus as emotionally upset: Mark 14:32-42 – groups 17, 18
- With which human feelings of Jesus do you identify?
- How did Jesus handle these feelings?
- Knowing how Jesus handled these feelings, how will this –how might this make a difference in your everyday life?
We often think of the Holy Spirit being present at Jesus baptism and at Pentacost. However, God was present from the beginning of creation. In Genesis 1:2, “The earth was a fromless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss while a mighty wind swept over the waters.” In Genisis 2 the breath of God is the presence of the Holy Spirit and what gave/gives humanity life.
Continue the Conversation
Some questions to help you continue a converstaion at home.
- How is the human family like the Trinity?
- How can you know God through nature? How does nature speak to you about God?
- Why do you think Jesus came to earth? Why didn’t God just drop the Bible from the sky?
- If you were to have Jesus asa guest at your dinner table, what would you ask him?