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 third 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 to help candidates understand God’s plan of salvation, and how that plan has been revealed through Sacred Scripture. Candidates will be challenged to respond to God’s plan for their life and submit their plans to God’s greater plan.
ABOUT THE SESSION
This session is designed to help candidates understand God’s saving plan. The session begins with an activity that challenges small groups to put together puzzles without having any picture to build from. This activity transitions into the “Proclaim” teaching which explains how God’s plan of salvation was accomplished and how it has been revealed through Scripture.
During the “Break,” candidates will have an opportunity to discuss their trust in God and how their trust in other people has impacted their ability to trust God. The session closes with an opportunity for candidates to reflect on God’s plan for their life and their own plans. They will also have an opportunity to prayerfully submit these plans to God’s greater plan in prayer and then be challenged to seek God’s will in all things.
This week at One Eight
, we'll talk about God as both an architect and the mater of the plan of salvation. This was the plan that God began after humanity's fall to sin - a plan that was fulfilled in Christ's Incarnation, Death and Resurrection.
This plan is continued through the Church and the Sacraments. The teens will be given an opportunity to reflect on their own plans and how those plans do or do not fit with God's plan for their life. They will be challenged to submit these things to God, trusting that His plans are greater than our plans.
This week, take some time to discuss this session with your teens. Some questions to get you started:
What do you think God's plan is for you? Why?
What are some of your hopes for the next year? The next five years?
Do you think it is easier to trust in God or to trust in yourself? Why?
Through the Fall, humanity disconnected itself from God through original sin. The Incarnation was a critical event in salvation history. It redeemed us from original sin and gave us the hope of salvation.
God’s providence throughout history and the fulfillment of His promises gives us hope that God’s plan for us is trustworthy.
PROTOEVANGELIUM – The “first” Gospel that announces the coming of a Messiah in Genesis 3:15.
ORIGINAL SIN – The sin that the first humans committed by disobeying the commandment of God, choosing to follow their own will rather than God’s. The consequence of this sin caused humanity to be subject to the law of death. It also describes the fallen nature of every person in the world.
INCARNATION – The fact that the Son of God assumed human nature and became man in order to accomplish salvation in that same human nature.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3:15 | Luke 10:39-42 | John 1:1-5 | John 1:42 | John 19:34 | Galatians 4:4-5 | Hebrews 8:1-13
CATECHISM: #50-65 | #80-82 | #105-107 | #130 | #410-412
YOU CAT: #10 | #10-12
CHURCH DOCUMENTS: Dei Verbum, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Vatican II | Verbum Domini, Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Benedict XVI
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!