program is structured to follow the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). This format provides opportunities for the Sacrament of Confirmation to participate in several rituals modeled after those that occur during RCIA. These rituals and prayer experiences are meant to foster a deeper sense of belonging the Catholic Church.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth."
- Acts 1:8
One Eight is divided into three phases of preparation, each with distinct features, themes and rituals that are modeled after the RCIA process. To learn more about each of these phases, click on the text links below.
Period of Inquiry
Period of Evangelization (You are here.)
Period of Mission
This session kicks off Phase 2: Period of Evangelization. Here's a quick Period of Evangelization overview.
This period of formation for teens preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation is modeledfrom the Period of the Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
Since the teens have already been baptized, a special emphasis is placed during this time on deepening the truths of the Church that the teens already know. In addition, it is critical to make a strong connection between the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Baptism.
For some teens, this period may be the first time they are adequately introduced to the mysteries of the faith. It is important to balance the need for these students to understand these teachings, while maintaining a healthy theological depth for the teens who are already knowledgeable in the basic tenets of the Catholic faith.
Above all, this period offers an opportunity for every teen to undergo conversion and hear the Gospel message in a new and challenging way.
PARENTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN THEIR TEENS IN THE CHAPEL AT 6:30 P.M. IN A "RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL PROMISES" AND THURSDAY EVENING MASS.
GOAL OF THIS SESSION
The goal of this session is to help candidates understand what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ. This session should challenge them to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit. It will provide a foundational teaching on the Sacrament of Baptism.
ABOUT THE SESSION
This session begins the formal preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation by presenting a teaching about faith and Baptism. Many candidates were baptized as infants, so they may not have a solid understanding of the importance of this sacrament. This session is crucial in helping candidates understand the importance of Baptism and how it relates to both the Sacrament of Confirmation and their faith.
The teens will be divided into the small groups that they will be with at every session. Candidates will have time to introduce themselves to the group before listening to the “Proclaim” teaching that begins with the question, “Why?” This teaching explains the importance of oru faith, our Baptism and the way to find fulfillment and happiness.
The "Break" for the session gives the candidates time to process the teaching and build community in small groups. The session ends with a renewal of their baptismal promises and a blessing with holy water.
This week at One Eight we will discuss the relationship our faith has to the Sacrament of Baptism. If you had your son or daughter baptized as an infant, chances are good that they do not remember this important sacrament. Baptism is our gateway to the life in Christ, and it plants the seed of faith within us.
Take time this week to talk with your teen about his or her Baptism. Talk about the day, the people who were there, the priest who baptized them and the church they were baptized in. Give details so they can visualize this significant event in their life. If there are pictures from their Baptism, use this as an opportunity to show him or here pictures from that day.
Most importantly, take time to discuss with your son or daughter why you chose to have them baptized and how you chose his or her Godparents. Don't underestimate how powerful it can be for your teen to hear this story; you witness of faith will speak volumes.
The desire for God is written on our hearts. God never ceases to draw us closer to Him - our response to God is faith.
Baptism is the sacrament of faith. It incorporates us into Christ, the Church and makes us a new creation in Christ. We receive the Holy Spirit and are able to profess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation. We can reject, ignore or neglect our faith. Faith is a free act.
Faith - Both a gift of God and a human act. God reaches out to a person and that person responds to God and freely submits to Him.
Baptism - The first of the seven sacraments and the door to the other sacraments unites us with Christ and makes us adopted sons and daughters of God. Through Baptism our sins are forgiven, and we are made new in Christ.
Salvation - The forgiveness of sins and healing of our relationship with God, which God alone can do.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 | Matthew 3:1-17 | Matthew 18:1-5 | Matthew 28:19 | John 1:22-34 | John 3:1-15 | Acts 2:37-41 | Acts 17:26-28 | Romans 1:5-7
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Please pray for our Confirmandi, their parents and sponsors, and the Confirmation Core Team as together we walk into a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!