Confirmation material 2025

What is the preparation course for Confirmation children?

The parish Confirmation preparation programme, built on recognised external material and parish-based wisdom and utilising generative AI,  is designed to offer resources to members of the parish team and the parents of the Confirmation children.  The hope is to encourage, challenge and invite parents and the wider parish community to become more actively involved in the children’s preparation for Confirmation. The programme material offers the opportunity to share our faith with the Confirmation candidates in an organised way and hopefully create a space where all can learn from each other.

Normally, Confirmation has been linked, unofficially, to graduation from primary school. in the renewal slowly being experienced in the Irish church the true meaning of Confirmation will now take centre stage. The pre-teens are CONFIRMING, under their own initiative, that they want to follow on the road their parents and parish community set them on at Baptism. Confirmation is inseparable from First Holy Communion and the subsequent reception of the Eucharist, from First Holy Confession and the subsequent reception (it is strongly hoped) of the sacrament of God’s mercy, and of course Baptism, which is essential for the reception of the other sacraments. 

Regular Sunday mass attendance is expected of all sacrament children (Confirmation and First Holy Communion) and as part of the new Confirmation programme, all Confirmation children will be expected to help out during some of the masses during the year. For example…

1: You may do some of the prayers of the faithful,

2: bringing up the gifts of Bread & Wine

3: read reflections after Holy Communion 

4: something else you may like (even sing!).

The parish team with parental help will organise a rota for all the children to participate.  

WHAT IS THE CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME ?

Note: all material will be provided for in the Confirmation workbooks, which the children will receive when official registration occurs in person after Easter 2024

Part 1 – after Easter 2024

Will involve 4 sessions, perhaps online or in person, exploring four important  questions for young Catholics

How do I belong?

What do I believe?

How can I be a Catholic today?

How do I share my Catholic faith?

The total work time is 4-5 hours, with an additional 2-3 hours engaged in workbook exercises

Part 2 – before Christmas 2024

This is a preparation for taking on some big challenges in life, but starting at a pre-teen level and hopefully building greater confidence and competence in tackling important matters we care about. There are 3 meetings, in person or online, where we will talk about responsibility. What are these 3 meetings on responsibility about, and what does this mean for adults and pre-teens who are  followers of Jesus?
These 3 evenings of 1 hour each (you dont have to do all 3 but 1 or 2 you may like) offer a space for children to talk and reflect upon what responsibility means. Three areas of life will be examined.

1.Responsibility towards creation-what can we do here in Oughterard, guided by pope Francis and Laudato Si and Laudato Deum?

2.Responsibility towards family/community/parish-who would I like to become, what kind of person?

3.Responsibility towards truth-What truth is forgotten about, that needs to be remembered again? What role is social media playing in our present confusion about truth?

These will be easy-going sessions that are focused on fun and discussion, but have a really serious ‘heart’ that deserves our efforts. 

The total work time is 1-2 hours up to a maximum of 3-4 hours, with an additional 2-3 hours engaged in workbook exercises

Part 3 – early 2025

The Cardinal virtues

This will be a big part of the Confirmation preparation, as we look at the wisdom gained from ancient philosophers and important saints. Virtues make us grow in “inner” strength, and we become prepared, slowly over time, to take on more difficult decisions in life. The four virtues will be studied at home with parents/guardians, following the workbook, and will focus on:

Prudence

Temperance

Justice 

Fortitude

The total work time is 6-8 hours, with an additional 5-6 hours engaged in workbook exercises

Part 4 – during Lent 2025

Give me Life!

From the Nicean creed we profess to believe “In the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Farther and the Son. With the Father and Son He is worshipped and glorified” 

There will be four sessions, in person, that will focus on the topics in the Workbook.

The total work time is 4-5 hours, with an additional 2-3 hours engaged in workbook exercises

Part 5 – whenever parents/guardians can organise

Lastly, the children will decide, organise and them undertake some random act of kindness as a group for the community. Parental supervision is essential.  

Parents, Facilitators and parish volunteers, the programme follows the childrens workbook. The exact dates of the meetings will be given at least 4-6 weeks in advance.

 

Note: all material will be provided for in the Confirmation workbooks, which the children will receive when official registration occurs in person after Easter 2024

Dear Parents/Guardians, please help your children engage with the material presented in their workbooks. It’s not homework, but growth-work. Its very important to keep up with the work on a weekly basis, as children who fall behind more than 3 weeks will struggle to catch up. The effort is well worth it. The boy or girl with a living faith has a great advantage, and will always do well in life.

Additional material

For Children – Advent calendars (3 choices) download HERE and HERE and HERE.

For Children – Advent games (3 choices) download HERE and HERE and HERE

For Children – Lent Calendars (4 choices) download HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

 

For Children: the 3 group meetings on taking responsibility are found here:

Responsibility towards Creation

Responsibility towards one’s family/community/parish

Responsibility towards Truth

For Adults – Parents/Guardians Catholic Faith evening download HERE

OPTIONAL – 

Films to watch together

Some recommended viewing, with parental discretion marked by an asterisk (*)

Specially For Christmas…

THE NATIVITY STORY (2006)

JOYEUX NOEL (2006)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe’ (2005)

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (1994)

A Christmas Carol (TV – 1999)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Little Women (1994)

For anytime…

Evan Almighty (2007)

The Sound of Music (1965)

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

The Song of Bernadette (1943)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

The Scarlet and the Black (1983)

Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Schindler’s List (1993) *

The Bells of St Mary’s (1945)

Thérèse (2004)

Braveheart (1995) *

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

The Mission (1986) * – my favourite film of all time!

Soul Surfer (2011)

Hugo (2011)

Letters to God (2009)

The Nativity Story (2005)

Grace Unplugged (2013)

Chariots of Fire (1981)

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

* Parents, please do you research to see if they are OK for younger children. The subject material in some films can be graphic, but portrayed in such a way that gives hope.