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 is the second session of 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 modeled from 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.
GOAL OF THIS SESSION
The goal of this session is twofold:
to present a classical proof for the existence of God and eliminate the myth that there is a discrepancy between reason and faith, and
to make the distinction between “believing in God” and “believing there is a God.” This will challenge the candidates to lead their lives to honor, love and serve God.
ABOUT THE SESSION
This session begins with a humorous skit and video featuring three “scientists” trying to prove the existence of God. This skit leads into the teaching for the session, which provides candidates a classical proof for the existence of God, and challenges them to ask if they are living their lives as people who believe in God, or as people who simple believe there is a God.
The “Break” will allow candidates to discuss and process this critical distinction.
The session closes with a prayer using two passages from the Book of Psalms. It will give candidates who are wrestling with doubt an opportunity to be prayed for, and it will give a time for those striving to live their lives for God and opportunity for spiritual strengthening.
This week's One Eight session is about the existence of God and the implications this has on our lives. Teens will likely have had a discussion with someone who does not believe in God or who challenges their belief in God at some time during middle and high school years.
During this session, we begin to give our candidates some practical reasons why there is a creator, and that the creator is God. They will also be challenged to make an important distinction. We will challenge them to ask if they just believed there was a God or if they believed "in" God. Belief in God requires trust and self-surrender. Whereas, belief that there is a God doesn't necessarily require our response.
The teens will discuss how they live their lives currently and the struggles they face with living a life trusting completely in God. The question of how fully we believe in God is an important one and is worthy of future discussion after this session. Some questions you can use to continue discussion with your son or daughter are:
Have you ever been in a discussion with someone about the existence of God? What happened?
If someone were to ask you why you believed in God, what would you tell him or her? (This is also a great time to share reasons why you believe in God and some of your faith experiences with your teen.)
We are religious beings that were designed to worship God. However, we can choose to Ignore God or reject Him.
Faith is not opposed to reason. God uses science and reason as ways that we can come to know Him.
There is a difference in believing that there is a God and believing in God. Believing in God causes a conversion in our lives, and we surrender our lives to God.
Conversion - A radical reorientation of a person's whole life away from sin and evil and toward God.
SCRIPTURE: 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
CATECHISM: #26-30 | #142-143 | #160-163 | #683 | #1213 | #1226-1233 | #1253-1255 | #1257-1274 | #2013
YOU CAT: #3-4 | #20-24 | #194-200
CHURCH DOCUMENTS: None for this session
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!