© Oughterard Parish 2017

Confirmation

The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

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2021 Candidates from Oughterard, Derryglinna and Collinamuck

will receive their Confirmation on a date to be confirmed by Fr Michael (most likely

12th June 2021) when it becomes possible to do so.

What is the “You Shall Be my Witnesses” course for Confirmation children?

The programme is designed to offer resources to members of the parish team that will enable

them to encourage, challenge and invite parents and the wider parish community to become

more actively involved in the preparation for Confirmation. The programme offers parents and

members of the wider parish community the opportunity to share their faith with the

candidates and hopefully create a space where all can learn from each other.

Over five sessions ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ explores the themes of

1.

belonging,

2.

believing,

3.

being,

4.

becoming and

5.

beginning again.  (in June 2021)

Each of these sessions is conducted by two leaders working with a small group of eight to ten

candidates. Ideally both leaders will be drawn from the parents of the Confirmation class.

What are the 3 modules on responsibility as followers of Jesus about?

These 3 evenings of 1 ½ hours each offer a space for children to talk and reflect upon what

responsibility means. Three areas of life will be examined.

1.

Responsibility towards creation

2.

responsibility towards family/community/parish

3.

responsibility towards truth

Important ongoing parts to the preparation year

What is the “off-line challenge”?

All sacrament preparation children are strongly encouraged take the off-line

challenge one weekend per month. This means they will have to avoid the

use of ALL game consoles, tablets and phones, while limiting the use of TV to

a maximum of 3 hours only. It is a very important exercise to unplug from

media and again re-discover our inner life. This is essential for our growth

and human beings and as Christians.

CHILDREN, PLEASE BE CREATIVE IN HOW YOU USE ALL THIS EXTRA TIME.

HAVE FUN!!!

ALWAYS REMEMBER THE OFF-LINE CHALLENGE. ONLY YOU WILL KNOW IF

YOU HAVE BEEN TRUTHFUL OR NOT!

Question

:  

can  

you  

see  

the  

relevance  

in  

the  

off-line  

challenge?  

Will

you  

commit  

to  

do  

it,  

having  

one  

special  

weekend  

per  

month

where  

extra  

quiet  

and  

reflection  

will  

become  

a  

part  

of  

your  

life.

Discuss this with your parents or older family members.

Daily prayer time:

Daily time of prayer with your child, lighting a candle and remember all that

you have to be thankful for. Let this be a special time of intimacy for your

family.

Due to the corona-virus pandemic the extensive year-long preparations are

of course altered.

The following provisional dates have been set out for your information, which

may be subject to chance at short notice.

Thursday 25th February 2:00pm: Please have permission given to your schools for your emails and mobile numbers

to be released to the parish, so we can set up official lines of communications.

Monday 1st March 8:00pm, Zoom call to finalise administration

requirements, and get the next steps going!

other dates to follow…

THE OUGHTERARD PROGRAMME IS MADE UP OF 7 MODULES, 8

IF THERE WAS ENOUGH TIME.

The nationally recognised programme for the Catholic church is

“You shall be my Witnesses”, which has well organised parent co-

ordinator guidebooks, along with children’s workbooks.

A scanned selection of material to get you “into” the programme

is available for download from HERE. Better material production

will hopefully follow soon.

Please also keep up to date with all the children’s material found

on their page.

Much more to follow of course…

God bless,

fr Michael

LEADERS PAGE

© Oughterard Parish 2017

Confirmation

The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

LEADERS PAGE

Due to the corona-virus pandemic

the extensive year-long preparations

are of course altered.

THE OUGHTERARD

PROGRAMME IS MADE UP OF 7

MODULES, 8 IF THERE WAS

ENOUGH TIME.

The nationally recognised

programme for the Catholic

church is “You shall be my

Witnesses”, which has well

organised parent co-ordinator

guidebooks, along with

children’s workbooks.

A scanned selection of material

to get you “into” the

programme is available for

download from HERE. Better

material production will

hopefully follow soon.

Please also keep up to date with

all the children’s material found

on their page.

Much more to follow of

course…

God bless,

fr Michael

What is the “You Shall Be my

Witnesses” course for Confirmation

children?

The programme is designed to offer

resources to members of the parish team

that will enable them to encourage,

challenge and invite parents and the wider

parish community to become more actively

involved in the preparation for

Confirmation. The programme offers

parents and members of the wider parish

community the opportunity to share their

faith with the candidates and hopefully

create a space where all can learn from

each other.

Over five sessions ‘You Shall Be My

Witnesses’ explores the themes of

1.

belonging,

2.

believing,

3.

being,

4.

becoming and

5.

beginning again.  (After Easter)

Each of these sessions is conducted by two

leaders working with a small group of eight

to ten candidates. Ideally both leaders will

be drawn from the parents of the

Confirmation class.

What are the 3 modules on responsibility as

followers of Jesus about?

These 3 evenings of 1 ½ hours each offer a

space for children to talk and reflect upon

what responsibility means. Three areas of

life will be examined.

1.

Responsibility towards creation

2.

responsibility towards

family/community/parish

3.

responsibility towards truth

Important ongoing parts to the preparation

year

What is the “off-line challenge”?

All sacrament preparation children are strongly

encouraged (they kind of have to) take the off-line

challenge one weekend per month. This means they

will have to avoid the use of ALL game consoles, tablets

and phones, while limiting the use of TV to a maximum

of 3 hours only. It is a very important exercise to

unplug from media and again re-discover our inner

life. This is essential for our growth and human beings

and as Christians. CHILDREN, PLEASE BE CREATIVE IN

HOW YOU USE ALL THIS EXTRA TIME. HAVE FUN!!!

Daily prayer time:

Daily time of prayer with your child, lighting a candle

and remember all that you have to be thankful for. Let

this be a special time of intimacy for your family.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THE OFF-LINE CHALLENGE. ONLY

YOU WILL KNOW IF YOU HAVE BEEN TRUTHFUL OR

NOT!

2021 Candidates from Oughterard, Derryglinna and Collinamuck

will receive their Confirmation on a date to be confirmed by

Fr Michael (most likely sometime August 2021)

when it becomes possible to do so.