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Confirmation

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Transcript of Confirmation

Anointed Priest, Prophet and King 1. Jesus the Spirit-filled Son BibleFocus The Rite of Confirmation RERC 209a
I can recognise and explain the significance of the Confirmation rite:
Confirmation name – either a baptismal name or the name of saint who inspires us.
Seal of the Holy Spirit which marks or seals us as belonging to God.
Renewal of Baptismal Promises (with candles) since Confirmation completes baptism.
Laying on of hands – an action which invokes the Holy Spirit.
The anointing with Chrism. (Just as God’s chosen ones were anointed as priest, prophet and king, so too in Confirmation we are anointed to be witnesses to our Christian faith.) The day of Pentecost RERC 209a
I know that Jesus promised the Gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples: the Promise of the Holy Spirit (John 14: 26); Jesus promises the Holy Spirit at the Last Supper (Acts 1: 3,5,8); the Disciples prayerfully await the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 1: 1214; Acts 2: 14).
RERC 209a
I know that this promise was fulfilled at Pentecost.
RERC 209a
I understand that the Holy Spirit is given to me and I receive this gift in the Sacrament of Confirmation. RERC 209a
I know that the Holy Spirit brings gifts (Isaiah 11: 15) and that these gifts will bear fruits in our lives (Galatians 5: 2223). The Sacrament of Confirmation

RERC 209a
I can hear, read and respond to the Gospel narrative of Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth, which marks the beginning of his ministry (Luke 4: 16-22).
RERC 209a
I can recognise that Jesus showed concern for the poor, the captives, the blind and the downtrodden throughout his ministry. (Son of God 2-05a; 2-06b). Core learning After reading scriptures children discuss in pairs then as a class:
- What do these scriptures tell us about the kind of man Jesus was?
- Do you think it was always easy for Jesus to "stick up for" people who were disliked & outcast from society?
- What obstacles/ trials do you think Jesus would have faced? Research:
Find out how many sacraments involve people being anointed with oil, and how many times you have been anointed?
Find out when and where the oil used in the sacraments is blessed. Prayer:
Meditation time using the story of Jesus in the synagogue.
Hymn: God's spirit is in my heart.
Mantra to be repeated: "God's spirit is in my heart". I know that Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit as priest, prophet and king at his Baptism (Word of God 2-11a) and that we too are anointed to continue his priestly, prophetic and kingly mission at our Baptism and Confirmation. Core learning Find and name one of each of these in the Old Testament: a priest, a prophet and a king Class discussion:
Jesus was anointed at his Baptism, and he asks us to be
Priests: to sacrifice ourselves,
Prophets: to speak up for the truth.
Kings: to live the values of God's Kingdom:
discuss some modern examples of these,
and how we can be priests, prophets and kings Core learning Core learning Core learning
-Set children homework task to find newspaper/magazine articles to show how someone (or a group of people) has shown concern for less fortunate.
- Children bring stories in to class and share these in their co-op groups and discuss which stories show compassion, kindness, generosity etc.
- Use children's stories to create a class display. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit My Confirmation Saint Bible skills: Children look up passages:
Jesus in the synagogue Luke 4: 16-22
Jesus cures a blind man Mark 8: 22-25 Question time Research box For the teacher Witnesses to Jesus Include parish details e.g. groups, ministries, Mass times here? RERC 209a
I understand that in the Sacrament of Confirmation the Holy Spirit makes me more like Jesus, binds me closer to his Church, and strengthens me for witness to the gospel.
RERC 209a
I have explored different aspects of Christian living in the other Strands of Faith and I can recognise the influence of the Holy Spirit in:
my prayer life (Son of God 205a; Hours of God 217a)
my stewardship of the earth and human life (Mystery of God 201a; Reign of God 223a)
respect for myself and others (In the Image of God 202a)
discernment of God’s plan for me, my vocation in life (In the Image of God 202a; Hours of God 219a)
my moral choices guided by the Beatitudes and the commandment to love (Reign of God 221a). Core learning Include symbolism of Holy Spirit here? e.g. include core learning:
(P6: RERC 218a
I have explored symbols and images of the Holy Spirit in hymns and prayers. I can record my response to these through art or prayer.) and
(P7 RERC 204a
I can identify the symbols used by the Church to represent and express the presence of the Holy Spirit, (e.g., wind, breath, fire, love) and recognise them in the narrative of the Pentecost event.) RERC 209a
I can recognise and explain the significance of the Confirmation rite:
Confirmation name – either a baptismal name or the name of saint who inspires us. How many uses of oil in daily life can you name? They were anointed by God to strengthen them for their role in his plan of salvation For the teacher The word Christ comes from the Greek Christos, meaning anointed one or Messiah. We bear the name Christian not just because we follow Jesus Christ, but because we are anointed and share in Jesus priesthood. We are a priestly people. Suggested Activities Invite parents along to an information evening/afternoon to discuss Confirmation and the roles of parent/teacher/priest.
Invite parents to attend a typical home prayer session to demonstrate how to do this with their child.
Children to begin researching Saints prior to beginning booklet and to begin discussions with parents about which Saint they are going to choose.
Children write a short piece on their chosen Saint including a reflection on why they have chosen this Saint.
Children could research what their Saint may have looked like and complete a piece of artwork on their Saint.
Children could write a short prayer asking their Saint to look after them and guide them.
Hold a prayer service in class.
Children could present their Saint and deliver a presentation about their chosen Saint to the rest of their class. Workbook Activities - In class discuss with children things that they could do to help at mass e.g. volunteering to do the offertory, collecting in hymn books or something to help with in their local community.
- At home children discuss with parents what they are going to do and record this in their workbook.
- Teacher organises an opportunity for the whole class to help at church or in the local community.
- Take photographs and stick in workbook. Children write about
their experience. Useful Prayers Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and kindle in them, the fire of Your love.
Send forth ypur Spirit and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful, by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit, to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen Useful Websites www.loyolapress.com
www.ainglkiss.com - search 'saints'
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