ST. PATRICK CHURCH CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION “Faith does not only mean believing with the head but also committing your heart and your life.” --Archbishop & Martyr Oscar Romero (El Salvador) OPENING PRAYER Leader: Grace and peace from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ. With these words, St. Paul greeted the believers of his time, reminding them of the great gift they had been given in Jesus Christ. Almost two thousand years later, St. Paul’s letters continue to guide the church and inspire believers. As we pray this litany of Paul’s words, we ask the Holy Spirit to make us enthusiastic in living the Gospel message. Reader 1: Reader 1: ―There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female.‖ (Gal3:28) All: ―For all of you are one in Christ Jesus‖ (Gal 3:28) Reader 2: ―We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God‖ (Rom8:28) All: ―If God is for us, who is against us?‖ (Rom 8:31) Reader 3: ―The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing‖(1Cor1:18) All: ―But to us who are being saved it is the Power of God‖ (1Cor1:18) Reader 4: ―For once you were darkness, b but now in the Lord you are light‖(Eph5:8) All: ―Live as children of light—for the f fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true‖(Eph5:8-9) Reader 5: ―Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God‖ (Phil4:6) All: ―And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus‖ (Phil4:7) Reader 6: ―We urge you,…admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil; but always seek to do good to one another and to all‖ (1Thess5:14-15) All: ―Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you‖ (1Thess5:16-18). Reader 7: ―As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience‖ (Col3:12) All: ―Above all, cloth yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony‖ (Col3:14) Leader: ―I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel…I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ‖ (Phil1:3-7) We make our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. All: Amen. RELIGIOUS M&MS • A question I’ve always wanted to ask • God is? OR An image I had of God when I was a kid was… •When I was a kid, I used to think that going to Mass was… •If I were to have a theme song that best described me, it would be… •I always wondered why Catholics… •What was the best advice you have ever been given? •If you had only 24hours to live, what would you do and why? •What do you think is the ideal age to be and why? YOUTH AND RELIGION •NSYR is longitudinal study of youth & parents, began in 2002 •3,370 English & Spanish- speaking 13-17yr olds •Phone interviews with youth and parents, face-to-face interviews with a small sample #1: TRUE OR FALSE? Teens find their parents’ religious beliefs and practices old and meaningless and want little to do with any of it. QUESTION 1: FALSE 3 out of 4 teens consider their own beliefs & practices somewhat or very similar to their parents. •79%(RC 74%) say they are somewhat/very similar to mom. (Soul Searching p.35) •72% (RC 70%) say they are somewhat/very similar to dad. •Only 6% (RC 6%) consider their beliefs very different from mom & only 11% (RC 13%) from their dad. #2: TRUE OR FALSE? Faith is important to teens and shapes their daily life. QUESTION 2: TRUE (BUT FALSE) •84% of Catholic Youth say it is somewhat (42%), very (31%), or extremely (11%) important in shaping their daily life. (NRCYM Report, p.34) •According “religion to Dr. Smith, actually appears to operate much more as a taken-for- granted aspect of life, mostly situated in the background of everyday living, which becomes salient (significant) only under very specific conditions” (Soul Searching, p.130) #3: TRUE OR FALSE For Catholic youth, participation in youth group, religious education, or being a Catholic School student results in an increase in religious practices and a decrease in at-risk behaviors. QUESTION 3: TRUE •Catholicdata revealed that participation did make a significant difference (p.58 NFCYM) •According to Dr. Smith, “…we nevertheless observe sizable and significant differences in a variety of important life outcomes between more and less religious teenagers in the U.S. Highly religious teenagers appear to be doing much better in life than less religious teenagers” (Soul Searching, p.263) #4: TRUE OR FALSE Teens have a solid knowledge of their faith and can articulate their basic beliefs about God and religion. QUESTION 4: FALSE “In our in-depth According to Dr. Smith, interviews with U.S. teens, we also found the vast majority of them to be incredibly inarticulate about their faith, their religious beliefs and practices, and its meaning or place in their lives” (Soul Searching, p.131)… “Catholic teens also tended to be particularly inarticulate about their faith (p.132).” #5: TRUE OR FALSE In comparison to other religious traditions, the Catholic Church was equal to or better in most variables measuring religiosity. QUESTION 5: FALSE Catholic teens scored 5-25% lower than their conservative, mainline, and black Protestant peers on a variety of religious beliefs, practices, experiences, commitments, and evaluations (Soul Searching, p.194) In observing the energy of the NCYC, Dr. Smith noted the great potential but great attention & resources required to meet that potential in the church. #6: TRUE OR FALSE Parents’ religiosity is the single best predictor of their teen’s religiosity. QUESTION 6: TRUE •There is a correlation between parents’ religious practices & beliefs with their teens: 68% of youth that attend Mass more frequently discuss religion in the home more often (NFCYM report, p.59) •Parents will “get what they are” when it comes to religion & faith. They are still primary religious educators of their children. •See next slide for quote from Dr. Smith QUESTION 6: TRUE “…the best social predictor, although not a guarantee, of what the religious and spiritual lives of youth will look like is what the religious and spiritual lives of their parents do look like.” (Soul Searching, p.261) MASS/RELIGIOUS SERVICE ATTENDANCE (NFCYM,pp.15, 19) Frequency Catholic Parent of All Youth of Youth Catholic Attendance Youth More than 6% 5% 16% once a week Once a week 33% 37% 24% 2-3 times a 13% 15% 12% month Once a month 8% 8% 7% Many times a 8% 5% 8% year Few times a 21% 18% 14% year Never 11% 12% 18% Total 100% 100% 100% OTHER INTERESTING FINDINGS: •Only 20% of Catholic youth say that Mass is “usually” boring (40% say sometimes). •76% of youth feel “at least somewhat” close to God. •67% say that God is a personal being involved in their lives. •In general, regular participation in Mass leads to increased participation in program for youth. RELIGION AND LIFE OUTCOMES •The Devoted (8% of American Youth) - Attend religious service weekly - Faith is very/extremely important in daily life. - Feels very/extremely close to God - Currently involved in youth group - Prays few times a week or more - Reads scripture once/twice a month •The Regulars (27% of American Youth) •The Sporadic (17% of American Youth) •The Disengaged (12% of American Youth) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES RELIGION MAKE ON LIFE OUTCOMES OF TEENS? The more Devoted Teens are: •Less likely to smoke, use drugs or get drunk regularly. •Lesslikely to cut class, be suspended, expelled or get Cs, Ds, Fs as grades. •Lesslikely to spend hours at the TV, watching R- rated movies, view pornographic websites and play video games. •NearlyALL Devoted teens believe in “waiting for marriage to have sex.” •TheDevoted Teens feel less alone, more cared for by people responsible for them, think more about the meaning of life and their plans for the future. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES RELIGION MAKE ON LIFE OUTCOMES OF TEENS? The Devoted are more likely to: -Feel close to a parent and feel parents understand them often. -Get along with their siblings. -Personally care about the needs of poor people in the U.S. -Care about the needs of elderly and equality between different racial groups. -Regularly to volunteer work. CONCLUSION OF STUDY: “Youth’s lives are being at least in part significantly shaped by religious and social identities, practices, cultures, relational ties and institutions in ways that many teens themselves often cannot even recognize or describe…it appears that religion does really matter…(it just means we need) a little more faith in (our) own faith.” (Soul Searching pp.257-258) “RELIGION (FAITH) DOES MATTER” Adult & Teen Testimonies CONFIRMATION PROGRAM GENERAL OVERVIEW: Upon Completion of IMPACT (6th- 8th) or Catholic School, a teen will begin St. Patrick’s Confirmation Program… Two-Year High School Program (Freshman & Sophomore Years) Celebration of Confirmation (Spring Year Two) CONFIRMATION YEAR ONE o 9 Monthly Sessions (Parish Center) - September-May - 9:30 a.m. Large Group (speaker) - 10a.m. Fellowship Brunch - Small Group Activities (8-10 youth & four facilitators) - Parents welcome to stay for speaker. - 11:30 a.m. Mass Candidates & families encouraged to attend (Name Tags) - Attendance is very IMPORTANT! Sick/Missed Days – Three (3) Maximum Misses (Make up Work Required) oOne Day Retreat (St. Mary Seminary) oService Component oFamily Component oSponsor Selection oInitial Evaluation & Interview (15min) YEAR ONE CALENDER OVERVIEW 2010-2011 Date Session Topic Sunday, Sept. 26th Community Building Sunday, Oct. 17th (o/s) Mission: It’s Possible 12:30-7:30p.m. Inverness Youth Rally Sunday, Nov. 7th Why are we here? (Church, Faith, Service & Justice) Sunday, Dec. 12th Relationships and Faith 9:30a.m. Special Family Presentation followed by Blessing of Candidate Families at 11:30a.m. Mass Sunday, Jan. 23th ―The Jesus Retreat‖ 10a.m.-5 p.m. St. Mary’s Seminary, Mundelein Sunday, Feb. 27th Sin & Forgiveness Sunday, March 13th Meaning of the Cross Sunday, April 10th Church History Sunday, May 1st Pentecost ONE-DAY RETREAT ―JESUS’ MISSION‖ ST. MARY’S SEMINARY MUNDELEIN SUN, JAN. 23, 2011 • Parents will be asked to drop off youth at seminary. Parent(s) welcome to chaperone – please RSVP with teens. • Lunch is provided. • Closing Mass – Families invited to join. • Postcard Reminders/Instructions will be sent. YEAR ONE SERVICE: “T HE S ON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED BUT TO SERVE” M T 20:28 Reflect…Respond…Record Year One: Individual Service for Family & Church •Each candidate is asked to do both a (1) Family and (2) Church Service. •Both areas of service must be worth at least 3 points for a total of 6 points for the year. •See Service Component Pamphlet (purple) for details - Includes list of opportunities & forms - Youth are given an opportunity to brainstorm ideas with their small groups about the family service. FAMILY COMPONENT • Family Newsletter: At Home with our Faith • Hospitality – Fellowship Brunch/Lunch: Families are asked to help with the food once a month with other parents from a small group. (Calendar included in folder) • Special Blessings: December Session Year One families will be asked to attend the 9:30 a.m. Session on ―Relationships & Faith‖ followed by a special blessing for the candidate’s family at the 11:30 a.m. Mass. SPONSOR COMPONENT: “ I CANNOT BELIEVE WITHOUT BEING CARRIED BY THE FAITH OF OTHERS, AND BY MY FAITH I HELP SUPPORT OTHERS IN THE FAITH” CATECHISM, #166 * When you register for Year Two of Confirmation, you will provide the name & contact information of the candidate’s sponsor. * Sponsors should attend September 2010 session with candidate. He/she will attend the Confirmation Rehersal & Reflection Evening (night before ceremony 2011) CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION FEE •Cost: Year One$225 Year Two $275 plus retreat (financial aid available) • Included: Leather Catholic Youth Bible ($50 value) ―At Home with our Faith‖family newsletter Session materials/supplies Large Group Speaker Fees Youth Rally fees/bus costs Retreat deposits Lunch supplies, Postage/Administrative Costs CONFIRMATION TEAM Sally Willis (Co-Coordinator of Confirmation Program) Katie Andersen, Ann Maine & Anita Klueg (Service Component Coordinators) Lorraine Freedman Deborahanne Reimer Deacon Frank de Frank Sally Willis, Anita Klueg, & Ann Maine (Confirmation Curriculum) Liz Looby (Liturgy Coordinator) ADULT SMALL GROUP FACILITATORS PEER LEADERS YEAR ONE FAMILIES ?QUESTIONS? DISMISSED CONFIRMATION YEAR TWO o9 Monthly Sessions (Parish Center) - September-May - 11:15a.m. Gathering Space (Name Tags) - 11:30 a.m. Mass Candidates & families encouraged to attend - 12:30 p.m. Faith Fact Find/Lunch - Large Group or Small Group Format - 2:30 p.m. Dismissal - Attendance is IMPORTANT! Sick/Missed Days – Three (3) Maximum Misses (Make up Work Required) oWeekend Retreat (two choices) oSponsor Component oService Component oFamily Component YEAR TWO CALENDER OVERVIEW 2010-2011 Date Session Topic Sunday, Sept. 26th 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sponsor/Candidate Mini-Retreat (Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson) Sunday, Oct. 17th (o/s) Mission: It’s Possible 12:30-7:30p.m. Inverness Youth Rally (Jesse Manibusan) Sunday, Nov. 7th Christian Service Weekend Retreat (Choice 1) Cabrini Retreat Center Sunday, Dec. 12th Prayer Sunday, Jan. 30th Morality/Saints (Friar John Paul Cafiero) Weekend Retreat (Choice 2) Marytown Retreat Center Sunday, Feb. 27th Sacraments/Worship (?) Sunday, March 13th The Sacrament of Confirmation (NET team) Sunday, April 10th Gifts & Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Mike Patin – dvd) Sunday, May 1st Celebrating Rite/Closing Interviews Friday, June 10th 7p.m. Rehearsal and Reflection Saturday, June 11th 10a.m. Confirmation Ceremony SPONSOR COMPONENT •Sponsor Name/Contact Info •Sponsor/Candidate Mini-Retreat •Sponsor/Candidate Conversation Packet WEEKEND RETREAT Need to have 30 candidates at each! •November 12-14 Cabrini Retreat Ctr. •February 11-13 Marytown Retreat Ctr. FAMILY COMPONENT •One Family Session •Monthly Family Newsletter •Hospitality SMALL GROUP SERVICE Guidelines presented at October Session FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH 7-8:30 P.M. REHEARSAL WITH SPONSOR CONFIRMATION CEREMONY SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2011 10A.M. ST. PATRICK CHURCH PRESIDER: MOST REVEREND GUSTAVO GARCIA-SILLER FOLLOWED BY BRIEF RECEPTION CLOSING PRAYER 1. We stand before you, Holy Spirit, Conscious of our sinfulness, but aware that we gather in your name. 2. Come to us, remain with us, And enlighten our hearts. 1. Give us light and strength to know your will To make it our own and to live it in our lives. 2. Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power, For you are God, sharing the glory of Creator and Son. 1. You desire justice for all: enable us to uphold the rights of others; do not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favor. 2. Unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true. 1. As we gather in your name may we temper justice with love, so that all our decisions may be pleasing to you, and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants. 2. You live and reign with the Creator and the Son, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.