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					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.

				
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