Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Isaiah 43: 1-7
Click on the Bible to find today's scripture passage or find it in your own bible at home.
When you read the name of a person (like Jacob or Israel), substitute your name - God is speaking to you in this text.
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O ______________,
he who formed you, O _______________:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine. ...
... you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you, ...
... Fear not, for I am with you; ...
“God has called you by name to be here, in this place, at this time, in this time in history. He has called you to prepare for Confirmation and he is here with you. Twice in this passage God says "Fear not" - do not be anxious about this. He has redeemed you - he paid the ultimate price for your life - he died for you, so that you could be happy with him forever. You are precious and honoured to him and he loves you. You mean everything to him and he has a special purpose for your life.
Our names are important. God knows your name. When your parents brought you to the Church to be baptized, the first question they were asked is: “What name do you give your child? The Priest then asked, what do you ask of the Church for (your name)?” It was during this first sacrament of initiation that your parents responded for you and promised to raise you in the Catholic faith – with the help of your godparents. At Confirmation you will be called by name, the name you were given at Baptism.”
Discussion / Reflection
Matthew Kelly says God has chosen you and is calling you to a new life. What do you think that could mean?
Do you believe that God has good plans for you?
Confirmation, like all the sacraments are an encounter with Jesus Christ. God is calling you to accept his invitation. He has chosen you - will you choose him?
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
PATIENCE - The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
Who is the most patient person you know?
How do they practice patience?
What are three ways you can become a more patient person?
Activity Suggestions ...
Do you know why your parents chose that particular name for you? If not, discuss it with them.
Do you know what your name means? Look it up on Google or another search engine.
Write your name on a piece of paper using block or bubble letters and decorate it.
Lord, thank you for creating me and giving me a name. Thank you for choosing me to be your child and for calling me always closer to you. Teach me to listen and help me to hear your voice. Amen.
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We have created a discussion forum for the Parish of St. Timothy Confirmation Group. Every week there will be a new topic of discussion related to that week's lesson. The forum is open only to those participating in the 2020 / 2021 Confirmation preparation program.
Here's where I'll be verifying your participation.
This forum is a place for serious, courteous discussion about spiritual-related topics. I don't want to see rude or unnecessarily silly comments or questions. Any unacceptable posts will be deleted, the student will lose access to the forum and we will communicate with your parents.
This week ... This week I want you to write your name in a comment. You can just write your name or you can leave a comment as well. If you like, you can tell me what you discovered about your name. I'm excited to hear from all of you!
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