GUIDELINES CONFIRMATION FOR ADULT CATHOLICS
The Lenten Confirmation program is for:
- adult catechized Catholics beyond high school age
- who are regular in the practice of the Catholic faith, or wish to be
- and who now wish to be confirmed.
Such a person needs to:
- contact the pastor of the parish that he/she is registered in
- That pastor will forward the names to Deacon John Stierman and
- will make arrangements for the person to participate in the Lenten Confirmation process which Deacon John and other adults will be leading during the Lenten season.
- If a person is not registered in a parish, they need to choose a parish in which to participate, register, and consult with the pastor.
If a person is an uncatechized baptized Catholic he/she should go through the RCIA process.
Overview of Confirmation Program
In the sessions for our Confirmation Preparation we will reflect on the following:
- The gift of faith that we received in Baptism, the meaning of that faith and its implications for our life as baptized people.
- Faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior as well as the possibility of a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and the means to cultivate that relationship.
- Being a disciple of the Lord.
- Stewardship as a way of life.
- The paschal mystery of Jesus and our sharing in that mystery.
We will also reflect on the role of the Spirit in our lives and the significance of the Spirit as we deal with moral choices and decisions. Our reflections will also deal with stewardship and the accepting of our adult responsibility for the mission of Jesus in our life today.
We will spend an evening on the Bible and Holy Scripture. We will explore some basic concepts for understanding and interpreting Scripture, and provide some suggestions for reading, praying, and reflecting on the Word of God.
Finally we will make an immediate preparation for celebrating the liturgy of the sacrament with a retreat evening at our last session. You will have an opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation during the retreat evening.
Our program will be in process form, which means that we intend to engage you in small group discussions and also to engage candidate and sponsor in one-to-one interaction. The presentations will usually be short and will be intended to clarify and provide additional input to the sharing that we will do.
DUBUQUE DEANERY ADULT CONFIRMATION PROGRAM 2017
- The Program will meet on five Tuesdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28 April 4. Our sessions will begin at 6:30 PM and run for about 90 minutes. On the fifth Tuesday, April 4, we will have a mini-retreat. This session will run for about two hours.
- All sessions will take place in the Church Social Space located inside the Resurrection church.
- Candidates are to be beyond high school age. Candidates are to be accompanied by their sponsors for all sessions. The sponsor needs to be a confirmed Catholic who is actively practicing the Catholic faith.
- Content will include the following:
- Personal Faith, Christian Faith, the Lordship of Jesus, Fostering a Personal Relationship with Jesus, and Stewardship as a way of life.
- Discipleship of Jesus, Significant Teachings of Jesus, Meaning and Purpose of Jesus’ Life, and Implications of One’s Baptism.
- Role of the Holy Spirit, Spirit Gifts, Shared Faith of the Worshiping Community, and Formal Faith of the Institutional Church.
- Christian Morality, Levels of Morality, Conscience, Sin, and Reconciliation.
- Retreat Evening: Jesus a person of prayer, completion of a personal prayer inventory, a guided meditation on the experience of God, reasons for going (not going) to Sunday Mass, what do you ask of the Church, what does the Church as of you, and an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- The program will be facilitated by Deacon John Stierman and a team of lay ministry graduates and individuals who went through the program.