Confirmed for Mission

Child & Parent Confirmation Retreat

Just as Baptism makes us children of God so Confirmation makes us missionaries for Christ Jesus. In the Sacrament of Confirmation the Holy Spirit comes to the baptized in a new and more intimate way. This new gift of the Spirit is ordered toward mission and evangelization, that is, the proclamation of the Good News of salvation. When someone receives Confirmation, then, the Holy Spirit will continue to work in that person in order to lead him or her to confidently proclaim Jesus' Name and to share the Gospel with others. The goal of this retreat is to help young people and their parents to grow in their familiarity with the Holy Spirit and His gifts as well as to prepare them to receive the  evangelical mission toward which He leads them. 

For more information, please call 402-473-0625.

Confirmation Teacher Formation Day

The inspiration for this is event is based upon a central truth that the sacrament of Confirmation is oriented toward evangelization or as Lumen Gentium says, "…to spread and defend the faith, both by word and by deed, as true witnesses of Christ" (LG 11).  God the Holy Spirit will work in those who are confirmed, however, if a person is not prepared for Him or not growing through His promptings he or she will be in a state of contradiction and experience frustration. This is true for our students as well as for us.  A large part of this frustration, I believe, is not realizing or not working with the Holy Spirit who wants to lead us, not only through the trials and temptations of this life, but also and especially to the "delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing" (EG 10).  On the one hand, there is no doubt that Confirmation makes us a "soldier" for Christ so that we may defend the truth and have courage in the midst of suffering.  Catechists rightly highlight that in the old Rite of Confirmation the Bishop would give the confirmandi a ceremonial strike on the cheek to indicate that one of the graces of Confirmation is the strength to be ready to suffer for the faith. On the other hand, the deepest grace and, indeed, the character or indelible mark of Confirmation is missionary, that is, to spread the faith.  In the early Church, as well as throughout the Middle Ages and to today, Confirmation is conferred, not just with consecrated olive oil, but always with the sweet smell of chrism to indicate that Confirmation empowers us to spread the fragrance of Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 2:14-17), that is, to evangelize.  

The purpose of the formation day, then, is a humble beginning to hopefully realize in a deeper way that the Holy Spirit leads us to evangelize.  We can then begin to practice, or to practice more, a few essential elements of evangelization such as the kerygma, prayer, and testimony. In regard to these, the layout of the day will be:
Kerygma - to hear the proclamation of the kerygma anew so that you, in turn, can be further equipped to evangelize and guide your students to evangelize.
Testimony - to help you share your testimony of God's work in your life so that you can help your students do the same.
Prayer - to renew your experience of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in prayer in view of helping your students to pray.
 
  • Presenters: Joe Roueche of Net Ministries
  • Date: July 19, 2019
  • Time: 9:45am to 4pm (8:15 parish Mass available beforehand) 
  • Location: St. Peter, Vasa Hall, 4500 Duxhall Dr, Lincoln
  • Fee: No Cost 
  • Registration: https://lincolndiocese.regfox.com/confirmationteacher

For more information, please call 402-473-0625.

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