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Strengthening Sacramental Prep

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Transcript of Strengthening Sacramental Prep

Bishop Libasci
2014
2013
2015
Another Look at Confirmation
Checking in with Dr. Carotta
November, 2014
A universal concern...
concern over the large number of adolescents and young people who neglect the practice of Christianity after the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Sacramental Preparation Workshop I
June, 2016
Sacramental Preparation Workshop II
Preparation of candidates for the Sacraments of Initiation can renew our parishes like nothing else can, in five different ways:
Diocese of Manchester
Strengthening Lifelong Faith Formation

The Confirmation Prep Project
with
Dr. Michael Carotta
Discipleship
Presence of the
Holy Spirit
Evaluate Catholic
Identity
Spiritual Growth
Plan
Theological
Reflection
8 Confirmation Prep
Enhancements
Witness
the Faith
Extra-Curricular
Formation
Full Parish
Immersion
Promotes knowledge of the faith
Promotes understanding of Liturgy and the sacraments
Promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ
Teaches the Christian how to pray with Christ
Prepares Christians to live in community as missionary disciples
Promotes a missionary spirit, inspiring civil participation

Catechesis...
October, 2016
Msgr. James Moroney
Rector, St. John's Seminary
the every-day life of the people
history but still making it personal
the prayers and rites of the Sacred Liturgy
the beautiful theology of the Sacraments of Initiation
the Body of Christ – the Sacraments of Initiation make us a Church and we must always prayerfully and actively live as a Church
Sacramental Preparation Workshop III
A timeline of the vision
2017
2005
Conversation Begins
"What if anything needs to be discussed about the age of Confirmation?"
Strengthening Youth Ministry
Whole Community Catechesis
Leadership Formation
2007 2008
Parish Staff Formation Initiative
Supporting Lifelong Faith Formation
How do we move forward?
2009 2010
Ongoing Formation & New Initiatives
Diocesan Catechetical Commission Formed
Collaborative discussions regarding the age of Confirmation
Ministering to All Generations ('09)
Vitality of Parish Life / Evangelization ('10)
Catechetical Plan draft submitted
2011-
2012

Spirituality of Leadership ('11)
Liturgy ('12)
Diocesan Catechetical Plan Issued
Goal: Lifelong faith formation
Immediate Preparation for Confirmation within comprehensive youth ministry (no change in age of Confirmation)
Equipped parishes with tools to develop Parish Catechetical Plan
December 8, 2011
Ongoing Formation & Conversation Continues
Changing Faces of Parishes ('13)
Begins consultation regarding the age of Confirmation
Establishes Faith Formation Core Team with appointed representative from each deanery
Encourages Whole Parish Faith Formation
Parish Consultation
2016
Research
Bishop Libasci directs the Secretariat for Catholic Formation to research the restored order of the Sacraments of Initiation
Whole Community Catechesis ('07 & '08)
“I exhort you to persevere in the task of a constant and methodical evangelization… With profound trust in God, do not lose courage when facing situations which give rise to uncertainty and which cause you bitterness, such as… concern over the large number of adolescents and young people who neglect the practice of Christianity after the Sacrament of Confirmation.”
-
Pope Francis to the Bishops' Conference of Portugal, 9/7/15

*Only 16% of States are in the 30th percentile
*Millennial: '77-'04
(ages 13-40)
Some context...
"The
share of Americans who say they are 'absolutely certain' God exists
has
dropped
more sharply, from
71%
in 2007 to
63%
in 2014."
"[T]he religiously unaffiliated (also called the
'nones'
) now account for
23%
of the adult population, up from 16% in 2007."
https://goo.gl/4bv81L
33%
34%
33%
33%
#
51
: Vermont - 37%
#
48
: Massachusetts - 32%
#
20
: Maine - 31%

#
50
: New Hampshire - 36%
#
50
: New Hampshire - 36%

What's significant about the
?
"nones"
religious
44%
NDC Published
By rooting our teaching in
Midday Prayer
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