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Confirmation - Faith Sharing Journey

 

 

        Faith Sharing Journey 2012- 2013      PDF                   

 

 

 

 

St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church

Confirmation Faith Sharing Journey

INSTRUCTIONS

 

This is your Faith Sharing Journey for your Confirmation year.  This part of your journey will start in September and end in March.  There is more than one page for every month.  Please read through each month’s instructions and answer all questions – you cannot pick and choose which questions you want to answer.   Your Faith Sharing will be kept confidential; the only people who will read it are Mrs. Curtis, Mrs. Weeks and Father Barry.  However, you can share your Faith Sharing with anyone you wish.  I especially encourage you to share this with your sponsor.

 

The Faith Sharing Journey is set up so that you can answer the questions on the instruction sheet.  Please try to use your best handwriting. If you prefer to type it, you can download a copy of the Faith Sharing from Saint Edward’s web site at www.stedwardbowie.org or I can e-mail a copy to you. 

 

Each month the Faith Sharing Journey is due on the last Sunday of the month.  It should be turned in when you attend Mass that weekend.  All Faith Sharing Journeys must be placed into the folder located on the Confirmation bulletin board in the Religious Education hall.  If you type your Faith Sharing, you may e-mail it to Mrs. Curtis at mcurtis@stedwardbowie.org

 

Every month on the Schedule, there is a Tuesday evening “Faith Sharing Help Session” (except in November when it will be on a Wednesday).  This help session can be used if you need help on that month’s Faith Sharing or if you just want to use this as time to set aside to work on your faith sharing; it is an informal session that you can come to anytime between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.  Mrs. Curtis and/or Mrs. Weeks will be available during this time to answer questions, but this is not the only time you have to ask questions – you can ask Mrs. Curtis or Mrs. Weeks a question at any time.  This is a time when you can also discuss and share your answers with other students so that you can all help each other. 

If you have not handed in your Faith Sharing on time, you will be required to attend the help session that follows the due date for that month. Also, if the Faith Sharing you handed in was incomplete, you will be notified and required to come to the help session.   The specific days are September 18, October 30, November 14 (this is a Wednesday), December 4, January 15, February 12 and March 12.

 


 

                                                                             SEPTEMBER

Confirmation Faith Sharing Journey

DUE:  SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

 

WORSHIP

This is a year of challenge!  We are challenged to make renewed efforts to be more Christlike, to put more enthusiasm into living the Gospel; genuinely love one another.  This year, think of the characteristics of the Christian community as based in Acts 2:42-47:

The Christian Community worships regularly.

The Christian Community serves others in imitation of Christ.

The Christian Community sees itself as a community, the Church.

The Christian Community gives witness to its faith in word and deed.

 

·         PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

1.             I WORSHIP WHEN                                                                                                                                         

 

2.             I SERVE WHEN                                                                                                                                                

 

3.             I GIVE WITNESS WHEN                                                                                                                                               

 

4.             HOW DO MY WORSHIP, SERVICE, AND WITNESS MAKE ME A PARTICIPANT IN THE COMMUNITY OF ST. EDWARD’S?                                                                                                                                                      

 

5.             WHICH OF THESE AREAS [WORSHIP, SERVICE, COMMUNITY OR WITNESS] DO YOU MOST NEED TO WORK ON AS YOU PREPARE FOR CONFIRMATION?                                          

 


 

KNOWLEDGE

Every week at Mass, we make a profession of faith in the words of the Creed.  The Creeds contain the beliefs of our faith.  Christians of every century have held strongly to these beliefs.  Some have given up their lives to defend them.  Read the Nicene Creed. 

 

I believe in one God, the Father almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

 

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God,

born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,

and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,

he suffered death and was buried,

and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead

and his kingdom will have no end.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

 

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins

and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

1.             LIST AT LEAST 8 BELIEFS THAT ARE FOUND IN THE CREED.

a.              ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

b.             ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

c.               ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

d.             ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

e.              ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

f.                 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

g.              ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

h.             ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

2.             WHY ARE THESE BELIEFS IMPORTANT TO YOU?                                                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                               


 

A SACRAMENT IS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD GRACE INSTITUTED BY CHRIST TO MAKE US HOLY – OR - AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD GRACE INSTITUTED BY CHRIST IN WHICH WE ENCOUNTER HIM AT KEY POINTS IN OUR JOURNEY OF LIFE.

1.             WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN YOUR WORDS?                                                                                                                    

 

2.             FILL IN THE CHART BELOW.  (The first Sacrament, Baptism, is already done for you.)

SACRAMENT NAME

OUTWARD SIGN

INWARD GRACE OR

EFFECT OF SACRAMENT

BAPTISM

Water, Oil

Original Sin is wiped away

New life in Church – become a child of God

Receive the Holy Spirit

An indelible mark on your soul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.             WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO HAVE AN INDELIBLE MARK ON YOUR SOUL?                                                                                                     

 


COMMUNITY & SERVICE

As you begin your year of service in preparation for Confirmation, think about the extra acts of service you can do:

·         be cheerful at school, go out of your way to be kind to those you find difficult

·         pay more attention to your studies, put more enthusiasm into your service projects and Confirmation preparation

·         spend more time with your family

·         be more respectful to your parents

·         give some extra time to do things with your brothers and sisters

LET THE WORLD SEE YOUR LOVE FOR GOD AND YOUR WILLINGNESS TO SERVE HIS PEOPLE.

 

Community is very important in Christian life.  It is through others that we come to know God.  While the creative power and majesty of God is made apparent to us through the magnificence of nature, it is only through human community that we come to know God’s compassion, kindness, mercy, generosity and love.  Jesus commanded us to love one another because he knew that when we share unconditional love, we come to see the face of God.  Begin by bringing to mind your membership in the most basic human community – the family. 

 

1.             DESCRIBE separately the gifts and talents of each member of your immediate family and any significant members of your extended family, especially those living with you.   You can include their personality traits as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

2.             DESCRIBE the ways that you contribute to the healthy functioning of your family. (Think not only in terms of duties or chores, but describe ways you support various members emotionally and spiritually.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

3.              You have lived with your family for many years.   DESCRIBE two really positive aspects of your family. 

a.              ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

b.             ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4.             WRITE about an area you can help your family improve.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


                                                                                      OCTOBER

Confirmation Faith Sharing Journey

DUE:  OCTOBER 28, 2012

 

WORSHIP

1.             EXPLAIN YOUR PRAYER LIFE:

When do you pray?                                                       

                                                                               

How do you pray?                                                          

                                                                               

What does prayer mean to you?                                                             

                                                                               

HOW WILL YOU TRY TO GROW IN PRAYER DURING THIS YEAR OF PREPARATION FOR CONFIRMATION?

Be specific.  Write down a plan for how and when you will pray every day.    Make it a realistic prayer plan.  It is better to set up a reasonable “prayer program” and really work at it, than to resolve to do too much and find it overwhelming.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

2.             Listen carefully at Mass; God speaks to us through the Scpriptures.  The readings and Gospel from October 14th are below.  Reread each of these readings and then answer the questions that follow each of the readings.

 

28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

First Reading: Wisdom 7:7-11

A reading from the Book of Wisdom

I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her; because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her, and I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Yet all good things together came to me in her company, and countless riches at her hands.

Answer all of the following questions:

This is a reading from the book of Wisdom. Where is this book located in the Bible?                   

 

In this reading, who is the spirit of wisdom?                                                                                                                                     

 

Based on your understanding of who the spirit of wisdom is, what do you think God is trying to say to you in this reading?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-13

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
Indeed the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.

Answer these questions:

This is a reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Hebrews. Where is this book located in the Bible?                 ________________________________

Saint Paul says that the word of God is living and effective; what does he mean when he says this? ___________________                                                                                     

What do you think God is trying to say to you in this reading? _______                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ________________________________________________________________

 

Gospel: Mark 10:17-30

A reading from the Gospel according to Mark

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him,
"Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother."
He replied and said to him, "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth."
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, "You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!"
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, "Then who can be saved?"
Jesus looked at them and said,
"For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God."
Peter began to say to him, "We have given up everything and followed you."
Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come."

Answer these questions:

This is a reading from the Gospel of Mark. Where is this book located in the Bible?                      

 

The man in the Gospel story said that he follows the commandments.  What does Jesus mean when he tells the man “You are lacking in one thing. Go sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come follow me.”?  _______                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            _________________________________________            ______________

 

What is Jesus telling you about being his follower?  _______                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ________________________________

 

Every Sunday, the Old Testament readings at Mass and the Gospel correspond to each other. What is the common message of the Wisdom reading and the Gospel reading? _______                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

KNOWLEDGE

               

1.             WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A SACRAMENT?                                                                                                                                                                                                              

2.             WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN YOUR WORDS?                                                                                                                    

3.             WE RECEIVE JESUS WHEN WE RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST.  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND HOW DOES IT INFLUENCE AND AFFECT ON OUR EVERYDAY LIVES?                                                                                                                                                                                                               

4.             WHAT IS THE BLESSED SACRAMENT? _______                                    

 

Eucharistic Adoration is a Catholic devotion. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar. During the time that the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, there is the opportunity for us to pray silently in the presences of Jesus through a visible sign of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance. Eucharistic Adoration usually begins with Exposition and ends with Benediction.

 

5.             WHAT IS A MONSTRANCE? (HINT, HINT—DICTIONARY.COM)  _______                                                                                                

 

6.             CAN YOU THINK OF ONE DAY IN THE CHURCH CALENDAR WHEN YOU CAN ALWAYS PARTICIPATE IN THE EUCHARISTIC ADORATION? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 


 

COMMUNITY & SERVICE

In addition to your family, your “circle of friends” makes up another form of community.  Whether you are a person who prefers the company of just a few trusted friends or are a person who loves to be part of a larger group, friendship communities become very important.  Friends are often a great support – and often the source of much tension and pain.  While no friend is perfect, real friends want what is truly good for us.  Christ’s love abounds in a real friend.

Real friends try to walk down the same road that Jesus walked.  It is usually less glamorous and appears more difficult and less exciting.  But people who live the values Jesus taught find their lives to be joy-filled and anything but dull.

 

THINK ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS; THE PEOPLE YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH:

1.        Who are the friends bring out “the best” in you?  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2.        Who are the friends allow you to “be yourself”? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3.        Who are the friends accept you for the person you are? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4.         Do any of your friends make you feel “inadequate” or behave in ways that make you feel uncomfortable?  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5.        How is Christ’s love shown in your friendship?

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Each activity and service project in the St. Edward Confirmation Program falls under at least one of these three categories:  Knowledge, Worship, and Service.  These together are the foundations of our faith.  Not one of these categories can be diminished or erased and still allow you to develop in the Catholic faith.

List something in each area you have done to help prepare for Confirmation so far. 

Community and Service:  _______________________________________________________

Knowledge: _______________________________________________________

Worship:       _______________________________________________________


 

 

                                                                             NOVEMBER

Confirmation Faith Sharing Journey

DUE:  NOVEMBER 25, 2012

 

KNOWLEDGE

               

1.        WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A SACRAMENT?                                                                                                                                                                                               

2.        WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN YOUR WORDS?                                                                                                                              

3.        WHAT IS THE INWARD GRACE OR EFFECT OF EACH OF THESE OUTWARD SIGNS OF CONFIRMATION? 

V Laying on of Hands

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

V Words (… be sealed…)

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

V Holy Oil(Chrism)

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

4.        READ ACTS 2:1-12 AND THEN ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS

What is this reading about?

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What would you have done if you were there?

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What kind of Christian do you want to be?

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

WORSHIP

We sometimes speak of four ACTS (or types) of prayer.

 A     ADORATION of love ---We express our love for God

 C     CONTRITION of sorrow ---We express sorrow for our sins and asks forgiveness

 T     THANKSGIVING ---We thank God for his many blessings

 S     SUPPLICATION or request ---We ask for his help, guidance, etc.

 

A healthy prayer life includes all of these types of prayer.  Think about your life of prayer:

V EACH DAY for a week, write down the prayers you have prayed and tell what type of prayer they are.  Please include both learned prayers (for example – Our Father or Hail Mary) and personal prayers (prayers where you talk to God using your own words).

DAY OF THE WEEK

NAME OF PRAYER

TYPE OF PRAYER

Sunday

(This is an example of how to fill in chart – you should fill it in for 7 days)

Our Father

Glory Be

Personal Prayer

Act of Contrition

Supplication, Adoration

Adoration

Thanksgiving, Adoration

Contrition

Sunday

 

 

 

 

Monday

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

 

 

 

 

Thursday

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

 

 

 

Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

V ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

    What type of prayer - Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving or Supplication - do you pray most often?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

   What type of prayer - Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving or Supplication - do you pray least often?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

COMMUNITY & SERVICE

Take a look at the community of believers with whom you worship – your parish family.  Along with your family and friends, St. Edward’s parish is an important source of support as you prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation.  Two of the reasons we celebrate the Rite of Enrollment are: It makes the St. Edward community aware of your preparation and it asks the St. Edward community to support you through prayer and encouragement.

 

ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ABOUT ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR PARISH DESCRIBING IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY:

1.             WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU BELONG HERE? FOR EXAMPLE: MUSIC, LITURGIES, RELIGION EDUCATION, SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

2.             WHO ARE THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY? FOR EXAMPLE: PRIEST, FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND TEACHERS

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

3.             WHAT ARE THE PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF THE CHURCH BUILDING YOU FIND MEANINGFUL?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Baptism is the sacrament by which you were incorporated into Christ and became a member of the Catholic Church. 

1.             WHAT DOES BAPTISM MEAN TO YOU?                                                                                                                              

2.             WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE LIFE IN THE CHURCH?                                                                                                                             


 

                                                                             DECEMBER

Confirmation Faith Sharing Journey

DUE:  DECEMBER 30, 2012

 

WORSHIP

Christ came to the earth because HE LOVES YOU.  We learn the story of Jesus’ birth from the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. We can only understand the full story by reading both narratives.

 

READ BOTH NARRATIVES (LUKE, 1:5 – 2:52 AND MATTHEW 1:1 - 2:23)

Answer the following questions:

1.             Which Gospel has a genealogy? (Chapter/verse) _____________________________________________________________________

2.             Which Gospel stresses Mary’s role? (Chapter/verse) ________________________________________________________________

3.             Which has the visit of the shepherds and who tells them about Jesus’ birth? (Chapter/verse) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4.             Which Gospel talks about the Magi? (Chapter/verse) ________________________________________________________________

5.             Which Gospel is read at Christmas Eve Mass? (Chapter/verse) ____________________________________________________

6.             The questions above cover what is different about the two Gospels.  List at least two things (and there are several to choose from) that are the same in both Gospels (both Gospel story mentions them). __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

7.             What is your favorite part about the story of the birth of Jesus and why? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

ADVENT

1.             What is Advent?                                                                                                                                                __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2.             When does it begin and end?                                                                                                                                                                    

3.             What special traditions can you list about Advent?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

4.             What do you do, either by yourself or with your family, to celebrate Advent?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

YOU HAVE JUST READ THE FIRST CHAPTER OF LUKE.  ANSWER THE FOLLOWING IN COMPLETE SENTENCES.

How are the people in the Bible story?

1.             Dealing with having to wait                                                                                                                                      

2.             Being open to God                                                                                                                                         

3.             Trusting God                                                                                                                                                    

4.             Showing kindness                                                                                                                                          

How can you be like the people in the Bible story?                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

KNOWLEDGE

1.             WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A SACRAMENT?                                                                                                                                                                                                              

2.             WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN YOUR WORDS?                                                                                                                    

3.             MARRIAGE IS A SOCIAL SACRAMENT; A SACRAMENT OF SERVICE.  THE OUTWARD SIGNS OF MARRIAGE ARE THE VOWS AND RINGS.  WHAT INWARD GRACES DO THE COUPLE RECEIVE? HOW DO THESE GRACES HELP THEM TO BE OF SERVICE TO GOD AND EACH OTHER?                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

When we pray the Rosary, we reflect on the mysteries of Jesus’ life.  There are 4 different categories of mysteries – Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous. 

1.             Write the meaning of the Joyful mysteries in your own words.

The Annunciation ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Visitation _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Nativity _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Presentation _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2.             What formal prayers do we pray while we are reflecting on these mysteries? (Please try to list the prayers in order as we pray them in the Rosary)

1__                                                                   ____________   4__                                                                   ____________

2__                                                                   ____________   5__                                                                   ____________

3__                                                                   ____________   6__                                                                   ____________

                                                7                            

Remember, December 8 is the feast of the Immaculate Conception.  It is a Holy Day of Obligation a day on which we honor Mary.

What is the meaning of Mary’s Immaculate Conception?  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What is a Holy Day of Obligation? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

COMMUNITY & SERVICE

Luke speaks of the Gospel value of simplicity. Answer the following in complete sentences.

 

How can you make this Christmas season simpler, less filled with the business of buying and selling?

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                _____

 

How do you plan to make Christmas a time for showing love to Christ?  To others?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                _________________


 

                                                                             JANUARY

Confirmation Faith Sharing Journey

DUE:  JANUARY 27, 2013

 

WORSHIP

John: 13 34-35

 I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

 

Find 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 in the Bible and read it aloud.

 

Then reread Corinthians 13:4-7, but this time replace the words ‘LOVE’ and ‘IT’ with YOUR NAME. Re-write the verses in the lines below:

[For example: John is patient, John is kind….]

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Read the verses you just composed. Do you now feel like God is speaking just to you? Why?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What does this verse tell you about how God expects you to treat others?

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

KNOWLEDGE

1.             WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A SACRAMENT?                                                                                                                                                                                                              

2.             WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN YOUR WORDS?                                                                                                                    

3.             HOLY ORDERS IS A SOCIAL SACRAMENT; A SACRAMENT OF SERVICE.  THE OUTWARD SIGNS OF HOLY ORDERS ARE CHRISM (HOLY OIL) AND LAYING ON OF HANDS. 

a.             WHO RECEIVES HOLY ORDERS?                                            

b.             WHAT ARE THE INWARD GRACES THEY RECEIVE AND HOW DO THEY HELP THEM SERVE GOD AND OTHER?                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

c.              WHAT IS THE NAME OF OUR PARISH’S PRIEST AND DEACON?                                                                                                             

 

Jesus taught us what we must do to be his followers; Love one another. The Beatitudes, which teach us how to love one another, can be found in The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5: 1-10.  

 

Write what each Beatitude means in your own words. How do you live that Beatitude?

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

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Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted

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Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land

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Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
COMMUNITY & SERVICE

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

How do the Beatitudes relate to the attitudes needed for Christian service?  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

How does your service to your church and community affect you and those you serve? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

You are familiar with the main parts of the Eucharistic celebration (the Mass) surrounding the sacrament of Confirmation.  Remember the Confirmation rite involves the entire assembly.  Those that will gather in the church with you and the other Confirmands are not spectators.  They are witnesses to the sacrament of Confirmation and through their own faith, they support and empower you as they have from the time of the Rite of Enrollment.  The sacrament of Confirmation emphasizes that we are a part of the whole Church, the people of God.  

 

Over the span of your life and sooner than you may expect, you will be called upon to defend your faith to those who are skeptical or unfriendly. 

 

What does it mean to be a witness to your faith? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 When have you had to defend your faith?

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How can receiving Confirmation help you to witness and defend your faith? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

       


 

                                                                              FEBRUARY

Confirmation Faith Sharing Journey

DUE:  FEBRUARY 24, 2013

 

KNOWLEDGE

1.             WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A SACRAMENT?                                                                                                                                                                                                              

2.             WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN YOUR WORDS?                                                                                                                    

3.             RECONCILIATION IS A SACRAMENT OF HEALING. WHAT ARE THE INWARD GRACES OF THE FOLLOWING OUTWARD SIGNS:

a.             Priest’s Stole                                                    

b.             Act of Contrition                                                            

c.              Words of Absolution/Forgiveness                                         

 

Write out the Act of Contrition

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Ten Commandments

Write each of the 10 Commandments and then write how you can follow this commandment in your daily life. 

 (Hint – see attached Examination of Conscience)

The first 3 Commandments tell us how to love God:

First Commandment:                                                                                                                                                  

I can follow this commandment in my life by                                                                                                                                                  

 

Second Commandment:                                                                                                                                             

I can follow this commandment in my life by                                                                                                                                                  

 

Third Commandment:                                                                                                                                                

I can follow this commandment in my life by                                                                                                                                                  

 

The remaining 7 Commandments tell us how to love our neighbors:

Fourth Commandment:                                                                                                                                             

I can follow this commandment in my life by                                                                                                                                                  

 

Fifth Commandment:                                                                                                                                                  

I can follow this commandment in my life by                                                                                                                                                  

Sixth Commandment:                                                                                                                                                 

I can follow this commandment in my life by                                                                                                                                                  

 

Seventh Commandment:                                                                                                                                           

I can follow this commandment in my life by                                                                                                                                                  

 

Eighth Commandment:                                                                                                                                              

I can follow this commandment in my life by                                                                                                                                                  

 

Ninth Commandment:                                                                                                                                                

I can follow this commandment in my life by                                                                                                                                                  

 

Tenth Commandment:                                                                                                                                               

I can follow this commandment in my life by                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 


 

COMMUNITY & SERVICE

 

Look over the past few months and evaluate how your Confirmation preparation is helping you grow in your relationships with Christ, your family, your friends and the Catholic Church. 

When have you been strong and faithful to Christ?

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When has it been difficult for you to live your faith?

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Scripture tells us that “all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God” (Romans 8:14).  The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the gifts of the Spirit make us open to “Obeying divine inspirations” (#1831). 

Reflect on someone in one of your communities that you truly admire and respect.  Remember:   You are a member of the community of your family, your community of friends, and your faith community. 

 

Describe one individual who is a hero to you.  The emphasis is not on accomplishment, but rather on character.  Answer these questions when describing your hero:

o    How does this person use the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit?

o    How does this person treat other people?

o    How does this person witness to their faith in their daily lives?

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WORSHIP

Remember confession is an incredible gift given to us by Christ.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation enriches our spiritual journey with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  An examination of conscious guides us as we look inside ourselves to determine if we have done anything to offend God.

After examining your conscience for a week (see attached journal) answer the following:

HOW HAS MY DAILY EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE HELPED ME TO GROW CLOSER TO GOD? 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

This month, you will create a journal entry on any SIX days you choose. These entries will be a private conversation between you and God.  We will not read them, only glance to ensure the assignment is completed.  To help you with this assignment, attached are two guidelines for examining your conscience: one focusing on the Ten Commandments and the other on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  You should not hand in your answers to these questions – this is between you and God.  You do need to hand in the journal; you can fold it in half or put it in a separate envelope if you’d like.

 

 

MY JOURNAL TO GOD

 

DAY ONE: DATE_________________________________________________________

How have I pleased God today?

How have I offended God today?

How can I do better tomorrow?

DEAR GOD,

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DAY TWO: DATE_________________________________________________________

How have I pleased God today?

How have I offended God today?

How can I do better tomorrow?

DEAR GOD,

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DAY THREE: DATE_________________________________________________________

How have I pleased God today?

How have I offended God today?

How can I do better tomorrow?

DEAR GOD,

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DAY FOUR: DATE_________________________________________________________

How have I pleased God today?

How have I offended God today?

How can I do better tomorrow?

DEAR GOD,

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DAY FIVE: DATE_________________________________________________________

How have I pleased God today?

How have I offended God today?

How can I do better tomorrow?

DEAR GOD,

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DAY SIX: DATE_________________________________________________________

How have I pleased God today?

How have I offended God today?

How can I do better tomorrow?

DEAR GOD,

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Ten Commandment Examination of Conscience

 

First Commandment

I, the Lord, am your God; you will not have other gods besides Me.

 

This commandment tells me that I should love God more than any other person.  God should be more important to me than anything.

v Do I tell God I love Him and thank Him for all He has given me?

v Do I think of the Lord and speak to God by praying to him each day?

v Do I sometimes praise and thank God when I see all the beautiful things He has made?

v Is there anything that has become so important to me that I forget God?

 

Second Commandment

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

 

This commandment tells me I should use God’s name with love and respect.

v Do I use God’s name in a loving way?

v Do I sometimes make fun of holy things?

v Do I use other people’s names in a loving way?

v Do I use profanity?

 

Third Commandment

Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.

 

This commandment tells me I should go to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days to celebrate God’s love for us and remember everything God has done for us.

v Do I go to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days?

v Do I do my best to be on time for Mass?

v Do I pay attention and participate when I am at Mass?

v Do I listen carefully?

v Do I behave the way I should when I am in the church?

v Do I tease or distract others in church by laughing, talking or playing?

v Do I willingly go to religion class so I can learn to know and love the Lord better?

v Do I do all I can to make Sunday a day of joy and rest for my family?


Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother.

 

This commandment tells me I should listen to, respect and love my parents and those who take care of me when I am not with my parents.

v Do I listen to my parents and those who take care of me?

v Do I respect my parents and follow the rules they make?

v Do I obey my parents and teachers quickly and joyfully and try to make them happy?

v Do I help my parents at home by doing the jobs they ask me to do?

v Do I show love for my parents?

v Do I sometimes thank my parents and teachers I am sorry when I have done wrong and ask them to forgive me?

 

Fifth Commandment

You shall not kill.

 

This commandment tells me I should treat other people with love and respect.  I should care for myself and help care for other people.

v Do I treat other people with kindness and respect?

v Do I help other people when I can?

v Do I hurt others’ feelings by name-calling or making fun of them?

v Do I ever hit, kick or hurt others in any way?

v Do I care for myself ?

v Do I treat all of God’s creation with reverence and respect?

 

Sixth Commandment

You shall not commit adultery

 

This commandment tells me a husband and wife should be loyal to each other.  They have a special love that they share only with each other.  This commandment also tells me I should respect the privacy others.

v Do I take good care of the body God has given me?

v Am I kind and respectful to everyone?

v Do I avoid books, movies and TV shows that are harmful to me?

v Do I respect the privacy of the members of my family?

 


 

Sixth Commandment

You shall not steal.

 

This commandment tells me I should never take what does not belong to me. 

v Do I ever steal or keep things that are not mine:  money, toys, books?

v When I want to borrow something, do I ask the owner’s permission?

v Do I take good care of and return things I have borrowed?

v Do I ever damage someone’s property?

 

Eighth Commandment

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

 

This commandment tells me I should always tell the truth.  I should only say good things about other people.  I should not tell lies about other people.

v Do I always tell the truth?

v Do I ever cheat in class or in a game?

v Have I ever ruined the good name of another by lying about them?

v Do I say mean things about other people?

v Do I gossip?

 

Ninth Commandment

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

 

This commandment tells me that I should be happy with the special people God has given me in my life.  I should not be envious and want someone else’s family or friends.

v Do I wish I had my friend’s parents because they let my friend do things my parents will not let me do?

v Am I happy with the friends that I have?

v Am I ever jealous of other people because of who they are?

v Am I happy with the family God has given me?

 

Tenth Commandment

You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

 

This commandment tells me I should be happy with the things I have.

v Am I happy with the things I have?

v Am I happy for others when they get something I want?

v Am I happy for others when something good happens to them?

v Do I envy other people because of things they have?


                                                                             MARCH

Confirmation Faith Sharing Journey

DUE:  MARCH 31, 2013

 

WORSHIP

The prayer given to us by Jesus is the Our Father, the Lord’s Prayer.  It is a prayer of love and unity, of sorrow for sin and gratitude for God’s mercy.  It has been the prayer of Christians throughout the centuries.

Each line of the Lord’s Prayer is listed below.  Write what each phrase means to you in your own words.

 

OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME;

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THY KINGDOM COME, THEY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN; ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD;

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AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASSES AGAINST US;

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AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL

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Jesus told us to “pray always.”  When we read the Scriptures and listen to what God is telling us we are praying.   We need to be open to what God is saying to us.

 

Read the Bible passages from the Old Testament and New Testament:

OLD TESTAMENT - Isaiah 55:10-11 - NEW TESTAMENT - Matthew 13:1-23

 

OLD TESTAMENT - Isaiah 55:10-11 

How does Isaiah describe God’s word?

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Why is God’s word compared to rain?

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What does rain do to the earth?

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What does God’s word do to those who hear it?

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NEW TESTAMENT - Matthew 13:1-23

What parable does Jesus tell?

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What do the seeds represent?

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What does the good soil represent?

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What does Jesus teach us about hearing God’s word?

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REFLECTION ON THE OLD AND THE NEW TESTEMENT READINGS:

Why is it hard sometimes to truly hear God’s word?

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How can we allow God’s word to take root in us?

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What does it mean to hear the word of God and live it?

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KNOWLEDGE

1.             WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A SACRAMENT?                                                                                                                                                                                                              

2.             WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN YOUR WORDS?                                                                                                                    

3.             THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK IS A SACRAMENT OF HEALING. THE OUTWARD SIGNS ARE THE OIL OF THE SICK AND WORDS OF THE PRAYERS.

a.             What are the inward graces?                                                   

b.             How often and under what circumstances can you receive this Sacrament?                                                                                                    

The Works of Mercy give us examples of how we can live Christian lives.  There are 6 Corporal Works of Mercy and 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy. 

List the seven Corporal Works of Mercy:

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List the seven Spiritual Works of Mercy:

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In the last year of your preparation for Confirmation, you have had the opportunity to perform both Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Please tell us about how you performed 2 of each during the year?

Corporal Works of Mercy I have performed during the last year are:

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Spiritual Works of Mercy I have performed during the last year are:

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COMMUNITY & SERVICE

Did you ever think of how much service others are constantly offering to you?  Remember to look first to those in your family. 

 

Answer the following questions:

How have others shown Christ to you?

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What are you doing to show you are really interested in being a member of the St. Edward’s faith community?

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For one week, list at least one thing each day for which you are grateful.

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