Preparation for confirmation is a 10 week programme run by catechists in the church. Each session lasts about an hour from 7-8pm. Confirmation is a sacrament whereby we receive the Holy Spirit. Confirmation is for all ages from about 11 upwards. The 2005 confirmation class, who were confirmed by Bishop Declan on 16 June, included 5 adults who contributed towards discussions and debates. We offer a variety of sessions which include some of the following topics:
Welcome to Confirmation – An introduction and information that will be needed like a confirmation name, a sponsor etc…
Who Am I – a session getting to know each other and playing an AdventureGame
Community and Confirmation – involving the meaning of confirmation, Are you a Rose Bush?, Community Involvement through the ages
The Church and Faith
Signs, Symbols and Baptism – What is a sign, the importance of signs and symbols in Confirmation and quizzes with lots of pictures.
Values and Making Choices – This session includes Jesus and the Gospels (Good News) as well as deciding what Jesus might do in modern times
God’s Forgiveness and the God Squad – How people get hurt, how God can help using tipp-ex??? And preparation for confession.
Jesus did not leave us on our own – This session uses DVD The Miracle Maker, some references to the bible and the Holy Spirit with references to Mother Theresa, Bob Geldof, Lourdes etc…
History of Confirmation – We look at the meaning of confirmation, role play, Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Quiz Night – this is an amusing session with teams and prizes galore (well some anyway).
The final session is a rehearsal for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
I hope that this gives those who are considering the Sacrament of Confirmation a brief insight. If you would like to know more please contact Fr. John.