“The son of man did not come to be served but to serve.” ~ Matthew 20:28
“Get involved in what God is doing – because it’s already blessed.” ~ Bono
Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life. Those who listen to us and observe us must be able to see in our actions what they hear from our lips, and so give glory to God! ~ Pope Francis
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. ~ Aristotle
We must become courageous Christians and go in search of the people who are the very flesh of Christ, those who are the flesh of Christ! ~ Pope Francis
We Live to Serve
Christ came to serve, and so as we grow as his followers – his disciples – we too live to serve. Service is not always easy to start, but when we serve and see the joy that our service brings to others, we are able to experience a little bit of Joy and Love that we will experience in Heaven. During this time of preparation for celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation, service will be part of your preparation. Each Confirmation Candidate is asked to do three different service projects during the 9th and 10th grade years of Confirmation Preparation: one for Family, one for Parish and one for Community.
Sometimes service is so natural, it is just done…and sometimes service is difficult. Whether it is easy or difficult, we need to reflect on what types of service for others can be completed around us and why it needs to be done. We also need to think about “why I should serve.” This “why” can change as we grow older, but we should reflect and evaluate why we serve and how we serve in each area (capacity). Our reasons for doing service are different. Sometimes we do service because we have a gift and we want to share our God-given gifts to make others’ lives easier. There are other times we serve because something needs to be done, and we are there to do it.
In each of the service components for Confirmation, you are asked to reflect on the service performed. It is in self-reflection and connecting it to our life in Christ that we find importance in our service.
Service to the Family
During Confirmation you will engage in three service projects. Just as we are sometimes nicer to our friends than we are to our family, we sometimes forget our family when it comes to service. The first service project should be for your family.It takes a lot to keep a family running. These “everyday living” tasks include things such as making meals, washing dishes, grocery shopping and many other chores. Some of our “everyday living” chores are routine, but for this service reflection we are looking for experiences that are outside of your routine chores. What are some tasks of daily living that you do not help with but could? To decide upon this family service you could have a family meeting (at minimum with your parents), to discuss some ideas of projects that you could do to help your family. Your ideas can include extended family. Select a service to perform. When your service to your family is completed, complete the online Service Reflection Form.
Service to the Parish
The Parish offers us a chance to learn our faith, a supportive community, opportunities to learn, grow, pray, sing and serve.The Catholic Church is not the ordained priest(s) alone; it is also the people, you and me. Our parish cannot serve and support each other without the many ministries, staff members and volunteers that keep things going. You are encouraged to seek out parish service projects on your own, check out the bulletin and the youth ministry calendar or ask a ministry that you are interested in if you can help them. Service opportunities to the parish are listed on the Youth Ministry Service Page, and they will also send occasional emails about upcoming service projects. Choose a parish ministry or parish event to serve at, and then complete the online Service Reflection Form.
Service to the Community
Confirmation preparation will also include service to the greater Atlanta community. Jesus’ ministry went far beyond those of his own faith and culture. He realized that his ministry of caring was for all people. It is now your turn. Find a project to serve the greater community – it can be with SPC Teen youth ministry or another parish ministry community outreach, with your school or another service organization. Follow your interests or try something new and challenging. Again, check the Youth Ministry Service Page for service opportunities to the community. Then complete the online Service Reflection Form.
If you have questions about your service project idea contact Kendra Lockhart, Confirmation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-832-1235.