Confirmation - Lesson 16
In the Catholic Church, a bishop is an ordained minister who holds the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders and is responsible for teaching doctrine, governing Catholics in his jurisdiction, sanctifying the world and representing the Church. Catholics trace the origins of the office of bishop all the way back to the apostles
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.
Titus 1: 7 - 9
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What kind of person should a bishop be according to this scripture passage?
What is a Bishop?
A bishop is a leader in the Church who continues the work of the Apostles. He supervises a group of local parishes called a diocese.
The role of a bishop in the diocese is very important, for he is the shepherd of us - the Catholic faithful. He is the person who is responsible for all Church matters.
A diocese is an area of the Church a bishop looks after. The Parish of St. Timothy is part of the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface.
An archdiocese is basically a very large diocese. Even though our bishop is called an Archbishop, his role is the same as a bishop. He is called an Archbishop because he is in charge of an archdiocese.
Did you know?
Winnipeg is the only city in the world that contains two Roman Catholic dioceses: The Winnipeg Archdiocese and the Archdiocese of St. Boniface. The diocese of St. Boniface has approximately 86 parishes.
His Grace, Archbishop Albert LeGatt, was asked by Pope Benedict XVI (the 16th) to be the new bishop of our diocese, Saint-Boniface, in 2009.
The Bishop has 3 main tasks:
1 - To Teach - the bishop is the main teacher in our diocese and it is his job to preach the Word of God to us, the people of his diocese. The bishop is also to make sure that those who teach, like priests, teachers and catechists, teach our Catholic faith in a true and faithful way.
2 - To Govern - this means that a bishop looks after the needs of the people. He is to make sure that Church laws are kept, he is also responsible to provide priests to the many parishes, for all the money matters in the diocese, and all the church property.
A bishop has the power to make Church laws and to be a judge in Church matters and to make sure that these laws are kept. The type of laws a bishop may make usually refer to matters of faith, preaching, sacraments, and religious teaching.
3- To Sanctify (to make holy) - a bishop is to make sure that the sacraments are celebrated, and he has the authority to ordain new priests. A bishop also has the duty to confirm the Confirmation candidates within his diocese. He is to make sure that Mass is celebrated every Sunday as well.
How does someone become a bishop?
A bishop must be ordained first a deacon, then a priest, then a bishop. He thus receives the 3 stages of the sacrament of Holy Orders. We say a bishop has the Fullness of Orders in a similar way to those who have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation have the Fullness of Initiation into the Church.
What is the bishop's place in the structure of the Church?
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Discussion / Reflection
What is the main thing Archbishop LeGatt speaks about in this video?
When did the movement of Christian unity begin? What main event helped move it forward?
What can you do to help bring unity with other Christian churches?
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
It is customary and a sign of respect for candidates seeking to be confirmed in the faith to write a letter to the bishop requesting the sacrament of Confirmation.
The following points should be taken into consideration when writing the letter.
The letter can be neatly hand written or printed or typed. Please try and make it personal, let it reflect who you are to Archbishop LeGatt. Tell him a bit about how you live your faith on a daily basis, how you pray, what prayers you like, what you have enjoyed learning in Catechism or Confirmation preparation classes, a story from the Bible or a Sunday reading that you like a lot. Let him know you and why you want to be confirmed. Discuss this with your parents.
Share with Archbishop LeGatt the gifts that God has given to you to share with your family, your friends, your parish, and our world. You can use the gifts or fruits of the Spirit to help guide you and maybe offer other gifts or strengths that are characteristics that you have that are like Jesus. Perhaps you have hopes and dreams for living out your life as a baptized Christian that you would like to share with him, or hopes and dreams for the future of the Church and our world.
You may want to thank him for reading your letter, and perhaps want to ask him to pray for you or someone you know.
Please return the finished letters to me by Monday, March 1st. I will send the letters to Archbishop LeGatt with a letter describing our group. Scanned copies of letters, PDF versions, Word documents, are all acceptable forms.
Prayer for our Archbishop
Lord our God, you have chosen your servant Archbishop Albert LeGatt to be a shepherd of your flock in the tradition of the apostles. Give him a spirit of courage and right judgement, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he build your Church as a sign of salvation for the world.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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