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.
Luke 5: 1-11
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Jesus and His First Disciples
What does Jesus mean when he tells the first disciples they will be fishing (or catching) people?
What is a disciple?
A disciple is a student or a follower, someone who learns from someone else
Are you a disciple? Are you learning a skill from someone else?
What do disciples do to learn? (think about what you do to learn a sport or musical instrument)
they commit to learning the skill
they watch their teacher or coach
they listen to their advice
they practice the skill
Jesus calls us to be his disciples, just like he called Simon & Andrew, James & John. What did they do when they became Jesus' disciples?
they made a decision to follow him
they left everything they were familiar with behind
they watched what he did & how he acted
they listened to him
they learned what he was teaching them
they lived like him
Can you do those things? Can you be a disciple of Jesus?
How can you learn to be a disciple of Jesus?
read the stories of Jesus' life and what he said and did in the Bible
listen to those who teach you about Jesus
spend time with him in prayer
make a decision to learn about Jesus' ways and to become like him
In the Gospels, Jesus teaches us how to be his disciples.
After his resurrection and before going back up to heaven, Jesus said to his disciples:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
At our baptism, we are given a share in Jesus' mission - to go and make disciples. Jesus chose twelve men whom He knew would change the world. He chose each one for a specific reason, with certain talents and abilities.
Each disciple had a purpose. The Church works the same way. Each person, including YOU, has a purpose. You have talents and abilities to do jobs that only YOU can do for God. It’s like everyone in the Church has a piece of the large net and everyone is working together to be fishers of men - to bring people to know, love and serve God.
The Importance of Confirmation & Sponsors
Being a disciple of Jesus and making disciples for Jesus is a big responsibility and one that is not at all easy. That is why Jesus gave the Church the Sacraments.
This video talks about why the sacrament of Confirmation is important. In Confirmation, you will receive the grace and strength to live like Jesus and to fulfill his mission, his purpose for your life.
*Please note: The video talks about choosing a Confirmation name. Confirmation candidates in our diocese use the name given to them at their baptism on the Confirmation day - they do not choose a saint name.*
Sacraments 101: Confirmation (why we're confirmed)
What is the purpose of a Confirmation sponsor?
Like the above video explained, you are asked to find a sponsor to help in your preparation for Confirmation. Confirmation sponsors are mentors or role models here on earth that guide us and show us how to live holy and virtuous lives.
What makes a good Confirmation sponsor?
someone actively living out their faith and who can guide you in your faith journey
What are the requirements for a Confirmation sponsor?
be at least 16 years old
have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist & Confirmation)
practices the faith within a Catholic parish community, and lives a moral life
A parent may not serve as a sponsor for their child
What is expected from a Confirmation sponsor?
they should pray for the candidate regularly
they should look for opportunities to share faith experiences with the candidate
they are expected to attend a Confirmation retreat with the candidate
they will present the candidate to the bishop at their Confirmation
(Fr. Mike Schmitz speaks very quickly. It may help to put the subtitles on to understand him better.)
Discussion / Reflection
Name some people who have been good examples of faith in your life.
How have these people helped you to grow in faith?
Who do I know could be my Confirmation sponsor?
What are the four basic principles of discipleship Fr. Mike Schmitz talks about in this video?
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
"Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the Kingdom of Heaven and Eternal Life as our happiness.
Placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1817)
"Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us." Romans 5: 5
Our culture often defines hope as merely a fanciful wish or a casual desire:
“I hope tomorrow is a better day.”
“I hope to go to Disney World next year.”
“I hope the JETS win the Stanley Cup.”
Clearly, what is hoped for may or may not come to pass. The hope of believers, however, is more than a desire or a wish. It’s an unshakable confidence in God — even when circumstances give us every reason to doubt.
Hope is not mere optimism or wishful thinking; it’s an essential part of our faith. When we hope in the Lord, as mentioned 23 times in the Psalms, the following benefits await us.
Hope in the Lord gives us strength. Our culture teaches us to have self-confidence, but believers are to place their confidence in the Lord. When we hope in Him, we find the confidence and strength to face any challenge that comes our way.
Hope in the Lord teaches us patience. Society encourages us to solve our own problems. But when we face an impossible or hopeless situation, we must learn to wait patiently on the Lord. We do not need to be anxious or worried. We can find peace in God’s unfailing love for us.
Hope in the Lord brings encouragement. You know that feeling you get at the end of a long week? The anticipation of the weekend lifts your spirits. Now think about stretching that weekend out for eternity. We can find encouragement and joy amid life’s struggles because we know we will live forever with Jesus. That is why we are told to anticipate His glorious return (Titus 2:13).
Because of Jesus, we have hope both for this life and for eternity.
God, Our Father, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus to show us how to love others and how to live. Thank you, Jesus for calling me to become your disciple and make disciples of other people. Thank you for giving us the sacraments, especially Confirmation to strengthen and empower us. Holy Spirit, help me to know who would be a good sponsor for me, to help me and guide me in my Christian journey. 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.
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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 in the forum ... answer the question: What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? What can you do to be a better disciple?
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