© Oughterard Parish 2017

Confirmation

The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

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COORDINATORS / LEADERS PAGE

THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING…

WITHOUT YOUR GENEROSITY IN GIVING YOUR TIME WE WOULD

NOT BE ABLE TO OFFER THIS PROGRAMME FOR THE CHILDREN.

WE NOW LIST OUT BRIEFLY ALL OF THE MATERIAL YOU WILL HAVE TO WORK

WORK FROM THE 7TH FEBRUARY UNTIL THE WEEK BEFORE THE

CONFIRMATION ITSELF

As a start, before we begin the group meetings, some material was

worked on / is being worked on, by the children from an American

Confirmation programme. It is called “Decision Point” as was used in

Elphin diocese among others to augment preparations during the

lock down. It can be downloaded from HERE.

Chapter 1 on making decisions has been undertaken in class. Chapter

3 is to be completed before the start of the group work. The schools

are hopefully going to photocopy this chapter in full for them.

You may become familiar with the contents of these chapters to

bring into the discussions if you would like.

What does it mean to be a facilitator?

As the name suggests, you facilitate the children in sharing, participating,

respecting what is said (even if its quite silly!) and trying to grow in

confidence. The material is ample (you will not get through it all) so there will

never be tile to wonder “what do we do next?”

You will need to know how to read the group dynamic. For example, know

when it is flat and maybe start a quick game to bring it back to life, know

when one or two children are dominating the conversation and try to bring

others in, to know when you have lost then and try quickly to re-focus on the

course material. The time is very short.

Very importantly, we must keep a true Catholic spirit throughout the

meetings. We have an incredible history of passing on the faith in Ireland, up

to recently. The children have a right to know what the church teaches and

proclaims, and not the current trends or politically correct viewpoint that

permeate the airwaves. This will set the groundwork for a real dialogue of

encounter later in life for them, for example “this is what I am hearing all

around me, this is what the Catholic church is saying, why are they different?”

We owe it to them to be faithful, and if you have difficulties with some

particular parts of our faith, they can be discussed at informal gatherings

before the meeting takes place.

Above all, being a facilitator is a wonderful insight into the world view of a 12-

13 year old, in very confusing and worrying times. Our job as adults of faith is

to let them know that we are not on our own, but that God is truly with us

all. Life is given to us as a gift, meant to be lived as an adventure in love, and

always with faith and right reason (that is lived in community) to help guide

us.

Please enjoy the fun of it. It is not hard at all! Have some craic too!

How do I get started?

Every facilitator must firstly be Garda vetted. Please make sure

you have received the following forms to fill out from Fr Michael

and hand back to him in the office ASAP…

SG01, SG02, SG03

 They must be sent to the diocesan office through the parish

office. You will them be given a link to fill out on line, which is

confidential, and we will be notified of the outcome in a “yes” “no”

manner without details.

Secondly, become familiar with the coordinators books, and

please be sure to note down what you are not sure of. The last

two modules will be in power point form, and will be posted on

this page. Please bring one laptop with a large screen for each

group. This will be set up on the tables that will be provided. 

We will have at least one meeting before the beginning of the

sessions, to go through the basics and answer any questions.

space for further material as the course progresses
© Oughterard Parish 2017

Confirmation

The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

COORDINATORS / LEADERS PAGE

THANK YOU FOR

VOLUNTEERING…

WITHOUT YOUR GENEROSITY IN

GIVING YOUR TIME WE WOULD

NOT BE ABLE TO OFFER THIS

PROGRAMME FOR THE CHILDREN.

WE NOW LIST OUT BRIEFLY ALL OF

THE MATERIAL YOU WILL HAVE TO

WORK WORK FROM THE 7TH

FEBRUARY UNTIL THE WEEK BEFORE

THE CONFIRMATION ITSELF

As a start, before we begin the group

meetings, some material was worked

on / is being worked on, by the

children from an American

Confirmation programme. It is called

“Decision Point” as was used in Elphin

diocese among others to augment

preparations during the lock down. It

can be downloaded from HERE.

Chapter 1 on making decisions has

been undertaken in class. Chapter 3 is

to be completed before the start of

the group work. The schools are

hopefully going to photocopy this

chapter in full for them.

You may become familiar with the

contents of these chapters to bring

into the discussions if you would like.

What does it mean to be a

facilitator?

As the name suggests, you facilitate

the children in sharing, participating,

respecting what is said (even if its

quite silly!) and trying to grow in

confidence. The material is ample

(you will not get through it all) so

there will never be tile to wonder

“what do we do next?”

You will need to know how to read

the group dynamic. For example,

know when it is flat and maybe start a

quick game to bring it back to life,

know when one or two children are

dominating the conversation and try

to bring others in, to know when you

have lost then and try quickly to re-

focus on the course material. The

time is very short.

Very importantly, we must keep a

true Catholic spirit throughout the

meetings. We have an incredible

history of passing on the faith in

Ireland, up to recently. The children

have a right to know what the church

teaches and proclaims, and not the

current trends or politically correct

viewpoint that permeate the

airwaves. This will set the groundwork

for a real dialogue of encounter later

in life for them, for example “this is

what I am hearing all around me, this

is what the Catholic church is saying,

why are they different?” We owe it to

them to be faithful, and if you have

difficulties with some particular parts

of our faith, they can be discussed at

informal gatherings before the

meeting takes place.

Above all, being a facilitator is a

wonderful insight into the world view

of a 12-13 year old, in very confusing

and worrying times. Our job as adults

of faith is to let them know that we

are not on our own, but that God is

truly with us all. Life is given to us as a

gift, meant to be lived as an

adventure in love, and always with

faith and right reason (that is lived in

community) to help guide us.

Please enjoy the fun of it. It is

not hard at all! Have some craic

too!

How do I get started?

Every facilitator must firstly be

Garda vetted. Please make sure you

have received the following forms

to fill out from Fr Michael and hand

back to him in the office ASAP…

SG01, SG02, SG03

 They must be sent to the diocesan

office through the parish office. You

will them be given a link to fill out

on line, which is confidential, and we

will be notified of the outcome in a

“yes” “no” manner without details.

Secondly, become familiar with the

coordinators books, and please be

sure to note down what you are not

sure of. The last two modules will be

in power point form, and will be

posted on this page. Please bring

one laptop with a large screen for

each group. This will be set up on

the tables that will be provided. 

We will have at least one meeting

before the beginning of the sessions,

to go through the basics and answer

any questions.

space for further material as the course progresses