Confirmation practicalities 2025

GO TO FHC PRACTICALITIES TAB FOUND HERE FOR ESSENTIAL READING

After having read the essential material on the above link, please proceed with the following, specifically for facilitators.

 

FIRSTLY WE NEED VOLUNTEERS WILLING TO GIVE THEIR TIME FOR THE GOOD OF OUR CHILDREN – THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING…
WITHOUT YOUR GENEROSITY IN GIVING YOUR TIME WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO OFFER THIS PROGRAMME FOR THE CHILDREN.

What does it mean to be a facilitator for the responsibility meetings and the ‘you shall be my witnesses’ programme?
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 time 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 the children’s attention 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 only 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 they are not on their own, and 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 will the year progress? Please go to bottom of  the introduction page and click on THE PROGRAMME tab