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 and 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 Activity & Reflection questions in the form at the bottom of the page, click “Submit” and you will receive credit for the Confirmation Foundation Session 2: CCC Part 2 – How We Celebrate Christian Mysteries.
This session has been estimated to take between 1-1.5 hours.
The goal of the this session is to learn more about the true meaning of the Eucharist and to explain the transformational power the Eucharist can have in our lives.
Opening Prayer: (Thoughts for preparation: Since the Middle Ages, Christians have practiced lectio divina, a slow prayerful reading of Scripture. Every time you read the Word of God, he gives you his grace. Today we will place ourselves at the Last Supper. Picture the dimly lit room. Imagine the smells of bread and wine and the feel of the old wooden table in front of you. Then imagine looking into the eyes of Jesus as he says, “This is my body.” He is looking right at you–fully aware that this is his last meal and that shortly after it, he will be taken away, tortured, and killed… for you. (Take a deep breath and sit silently for a few seconds).)
“When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.’ After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body give for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured our for you.'”
–Luke 22:14-20, NIV
Watch: Decision Point – The Eucharist Session 7: Intro
Discussion Question 1: What is the one idea in this short film that you found most helpful?
Watch: Decision Point – The Eucharist Session 7:1
Discussion Question 2: What is your favorite thing about being Catholic?
Discussion Question 3: Which of Jesus’ teachings do you find most difficult to live?
Watch: Decision Point – The Eucharist Session 7:2
Discussion Question 4: Is there a person in your life whose presence makes you feel calm and safe?
Discussion Question 5: When did you first learn about Jesus being present in the Eucharist?
Activity & Response: Together come up with a way you can respond when someone asks you about the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Watch: Decision Point – The Eucharist Session 7:3
Discussion Question 6: When was the last time you did something that you knew wasn’t good for you? Why did you do it if you knew it wasn’t good for you?
Discussion Question 7: When you’re in a situation and you want to do what is good and right but are attracted to the wrong choice, do you call on God and ask for his help?
Watch: Decision Point – The Eucharist Session 7:4
Discussion Question 8: If you could visit one of the beautiful churches mentioned in this section, which would you choose? Or do you have another church that you would like to visit and why?
Activity & Response: At this time in your life, what question would you like Jesus to answer for you? (Your question should be about something that applies directly to you.)
Watch: Decision Point – The Eucharist Session 7:5
Activity & Response: What does participating in the Eucharist mean for your family? How do you see your family be more Christ like after attending Mass together?
Now complete the reflection questions and hit submit and you will receive credit for the missed session.