Candidate and parent(s)/guardian,
One of the goals of the Confirmation program is for the Candidates to be able to discuss their faith with others. This includes the facts about Jesus’ church but also our individual/family experience of Christ’s love. In this make-up session you are creating a small group for discussion and experience.
Please watch the following videos, together as suggested, then reflect individually on the questions. After a period of time of individual reflection (you may want to write your thoughts or a short note down) then share your individual answers with each other and discuss the question and the videos. After the discussion, complete the form at the bottom of the page and submit to complete the session you missed on Part 1 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Profession of Faith.
This session has been estimated to take between 1-1.5 hours.
The goal for this session was to review our salvation history, God’s plan of redeeming love as revealed to us through scripture and the creed, our statement of belief.
Opening Prayer: (Thoughts for preparation: Most of our prayers tend to center around asking God to do things for us. It is easy to overlook the good things God has done in the world and in our lives. We have much to be grateful for. We are part of something big – God’s Story. Despite what we might feel, he is not distant, but very active, and he wants us to participate intimately with him in his eternal work. Let’s pray. In the name of the Father…)
God, I still have so much to learn about you, myself, my world. I know I don’t say it enough, but “thank you” for all that you’ve done in my life so far and for all that I get to have and experience because of you. Even though at times it feels like you are very distant, and I question why you would allow bad things to happen, I’m sure you are working in ways that I do not always see or understand. So please help me to be more aware of the good things you are doing and how I fit into your eternal “story” here and now. Amen
Watch: The Creed Video
Discussion Question 1: Is there a difference between “believing in God” and “believing there is a God?” Where do you think most people stand? Where do you stand? Why?
Discussion Question 2: What is challenging about saying/praying the Creed? or What word or phrase do you might you need to understand better so you can make the creed your personal belief statement?
Discussion Question 3: Which of these stanza’s and explanation help your understanding of the Catholic faith? How?
Discussion Question 4: How do you live the Creed as an individual in your daily life and as a family?
Activity and Submission – As a group re-write the Nicene Creed in your own words, stanza by stanza. The creed should still have the same meaning as the Nicene creed but will use that you might use as a family. This will be part of your submission for this session.
Watch: The Story of God
Discussion Question 5: There are many people in God’s story in Scripture. Of all the people from the bible, which is your favorite (they could be mentioned in the video or not)? Why? What is a character trait that you like most about this person? Explain?
Activity and Submission – Each participant should share what person from the bible it their favorite and why.
Complete the following form for your group submission and then hit submit.
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