“When the day of Pentecost came, they [the disciples] were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
ADULTS, YOUNG ADULTS, STUDENT LEADERS: THE LORD IS CALLING YOU!
We need your help in our Confirmation Preparation Ministry to serve as a Small Group Leader. As a Small Group Leader, your main responsibility is to build relationships with our students and to share with them the joy that you experience because of the Risen Lord!
The Confirmation Preparation Ministry at Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish seeks to “form loving disciples who will change the world.” Over the course of our Confirmation Ministry, we will journey together and enrich our faith by following Christ and being open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is not just a catechetical program where we instill knowledge in the minds of our youth. It is a faith journey where students experience God in their lives through the signs, symbols, rituals, and Sacraments of our Church. By our Baptism, we are all called to be disciples of Christ in our world. The Sacrament of Confirmation is an extension of our baptism and first communion, where we realize the gifts that the Holy Spirit has instilled in us and we go forth and use those gifts for the ‘greater glory of God,’ however we may be called to do that.
Our church follows Diocesan mandate that the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year faith journey and discernment process.
During those two years, the youth and their families are expected to participate in Confirmation
Preparation Ministry, Middle School/High School Youth Ministry (requirement waived for those in Catholic Schools), attend scheduled retreats, and engage in G.R.A.C.E. events (Growing through Religious And Catechetical Experiences).
These youth are currently preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. They will be confirmed by our Bishop, His Excellency Michael F. Burbidge, on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 6:00PM in our Church
CONFIRMATION PRIMI (Year 1) — Current 7th graders
***The words “Primi” and “Secundi” are Jesuit terms used in the Noviate, a place where Jesuits begin their formation into the Society, to denote First & Second Year men.
They will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation Fall of 2017. Immediately at the conclusion of the Confirmation Eucharist in October 2016, they will transition into their Secundi Year, the second year of their Confirmation discernment journey.
***Note: As soon as the current Confirmation candidates begin the Eucharistic Liturgy for the Sacrament of Confirmation on October 24th, 2015, Current 8th grade youth and beyond, during the 2015-2016 academic year, will begin Secundi and prepare for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in October 2016.
Moreover, Primi students, those in 7th grade during the 2015-2016 academic year, will prepare for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Fall of 2017.
2017-2018 Confirmation Material Fee
Youth Ministry Registration — $80.00
***Please Note: Financial scholarships are awarded to families who request such option.
Confirmation affirms the confirmed as believers continuing the lifelong journey of faith and service to the community. Its purpose is to confirm faith in, acceptance of, and hope in Jesus Christ, person, God, Savior, and Redeemer. Its goals are:
1) to foster in youth a faith in Jesus as Lord through Scripture, prayer and life experience, 2) to invite youth to fully participate in the traditions of the Catholic community both by worship and the development of a youth community and 3) to empower the youth to adopt a lifestyle of service in God’s kingdom of justice and peace.
Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish Youth Ministry and Confirmation Ministry specifically, includes the following four elements:
A. Prayer and Worship: participating in the prayer life of the Church.
Celebrating and working to deepen young people’s relationship with Jesus Christ through the bestowal of grace, communal prayer and liturgical experiences; it awakens their awareness of the spirit at work in their lives; it incorporates young people more fully into the sacramental life of the Church, especially the Eucharist; it nurtures the personal prayer life of young people, and it fosters family rituals and prayer.
***To assist candidates in becoming a person of prayer, retreats are included. These retreats provide young people an opportunity to reflect on their personal faith experiences, as well as grow in fellowship within the Youth Ministry community.
B. Catechesis: continuing our learning.
Helping youth to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Christian community, and increasing their knowledge of the core content of their Catholic faith. The ministry of catechesis helps young people to enrich and expand their understanding of the Scriptures and the Sacred Tradition and their application to life today.
Also, to live more faithfully as disciples of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives. The ministry of catechesis fosters growth in Catholic faith in all three dimensions – trusting (heart), knowing and believing (mind), and doing (will).
C. Community Life: belonging to the Catholic Church at large and at Saint Raphael specifically
Creating an environment which nurtures meaningful relationships among youth and between youth and adults characterized by Gospel values (eg. acceptance of all people, trust, respect, cooperation, honesty, taking responsibility, willingness to serve): helping young people to feel that they are an important part of the Church community; providing opportunities for social interaction and meaningful participation in the life of the Church community and the civic community. The ministry of community life is not only what we do (activity), but who we are (identity) and how we interact (relationships).
D. Service and Justice: witnessing Christ’s life of service.
Guiding young people in the development of a social consciousness and a commitment to life of justice and service grounded in their faith in Jesus Christ, in the Scriptures, and in Catholic Social teaching; empowering young people, and their families, to work for justice by concrete efforts to address the causes of human suffering, to serve those in need, to pursue peace, and to defend the life, dignity, and rights of all people; infusing the concepts of justice and peace into all Youth Ministry efforts.
A. Candidates: Anyone who is baptized has a right to be confirmed because Confirmation seals and . brings Baptism to fulfillment. Our parish’s definition of a candidate for Confirmation is a teen who wants to be confirmed, knows the basics of Catholic tradition, and participates in the celebration of Sunday Eucharist.
B. Parents: As primary role models for their children, parents are the key to their child’s preparation. Parents are not alone, they are supported by the parish and the sponsor. Parental involvement is integral to the spiritual growth and faith formation of young people. Generations of Faith will help parents fulfill the family’s mission by sharing concrete ways to bring the sacred and the ordinary together. We will provide parent and youth gatherings during the Confirmation journey, as well as take-home packets designed to assist parents with nurturing Catholic values, family togetherness, and spiritual growth at home.
C. Sponsors: It is the sponsor’s joy and privilege to see the one confirmed acts as acts as a true witness to the risen Lord. The following are expected of sponsors:
*by his or her own life becomes a model of the Christian life
*is not a parent of the candidate
*is at least 16 years old
D. Priests, Youth Minister, Youth Ministry and Confirmation Ministry Leaders: Serving as witnesses to their Catholic faith through example, guidance, and instruction.
E. The Bishop – The Minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation: As the Catechism of the Catholic Church points out, “The original minister of Confirmation is the bishop.” Each bishop is a successor of the apostles, upon whom the Holy Spirit descended on Pentecost, the first Confirmation. The Acts of the Apostles mentions the apostles imparting the Holy Spirit to believers by the laying on of hands (see, for example, Acts 8:15-17 and 19:6).
Confirmation and Youth Ministry
The emphasis of Youth Ministry at Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish is on the experiential nature of our faith. it is by integrating our faith experiences with life that we make the transition from head knowledge to a personal, living relationship with Jesus Christ as members of the Lord’s Body, the Church. While emphasizing the experiential, the ministry also seeks to provide solid teaching on Christian discipleship within the framework of Catholic theology.
Confirmation is Celebrated by the Entire Parish Community
There is a misconception that this celebration is for candidates preparing for the Sacrament, their sponsors, and their families. This is true, but more accurately, it is a celebration for the whole parish community. We should all be encouraging the candidates to become confirmed along with assisting the newly confirmed to engage and involve themselves in the Church as ministers in some way.
Ultimately the whole parish supports the candidates as they continue their faith journey, sharing experiences of faith with them.
Confirmation! Whose decision is it anyway?
Does the decision to be Confirmed rest only with the teen? Only with the Parents/guardians?
The first answer is that the Lord is the one who calls us to the Sacrament. Believe it or not, God is in charge!
The second answer is that this is a family decision, between parents and teen. How does being Catholic fit into the entire family life? Does being Catholic make a difference? Do the adults in the family practice their faith joyfully or is this some kind of “get it over with” thing? Will this Ministry interfere in the activities of the teen’s life?
Being heavily involved in school, sports, and other extracurricular events may not allow time to let the teen participate in the journey of Confirmation. Make a family decision that is best for everyone.
What if the teen is unsure about being involved?
We suggest that if you are thinking “Maybe I should do this… at least find out more…” — Come and join us!
The third answer is that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by joining us. You may believe we are supposed to say this – although, we want you to know: we truly invite you come learn more!