Friday, June 8, 2012
So, as a DRE, there are some things that I love to do and some things that I don't particularly love to do. And there are also some things that I dread doing, procrastinate doing, and then end up actually enjoy doing. I am rambling. But there is a point.
Every year, I work with my catechists and parents to prepare students for their First Reconciliations and First Communions. I have helped do this with 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th graders. After four years, I have a pretty organized file, reusable handouts, and a format for the programs that I can come back to each year. However, one Sacrament that I don't have many resources on is Confirmation. One reason is that I have only been the DRE for one Confirmation class. Another reason is that there are fewer resources out there for Confirmation- I think because not as many people enjoy teaching it. Middle & High Schoolers are intimidating, they only view it as "graduation", it is hard to make the faith relevant to them...I have heard it all. It is tough to find catechists willing to teach Confirmation. I thing that the Catholic community can be doing more to build up people who want to work with that age group. To tell them that the kids do need to learn from them. That they do care about their faith. That they deserve to be given the tools and knowledge and relationship to stay a part of the Church.
Sorry, I am rambling again.
The point is that I was surprised when my priest recently told me that he wanted to have Confirmation this year. I was surprised because we have a small upcoming class, and last year we waited an extra year to increase numbers. So when he told me that he wanted me to get the ball rolling on Confirmation, I admit, I groaned a little inwardly. I then I checked myself. I need to work on my attitude and start praying that we can provide the best Sacramental preparation for these kids during such a critical time.
So I have started my preparation by pulling out files from our last Confirmation class, and I was excited to see that many of them can be adapted or used again. And I thought that if I was going to update them, I would share them with you. So your reward for reading this rambling post are these resources: (Coming soon are some Confirmation lesson plans!)
Parent Support Letter
General Confirmation Requirements
Confirmation Service Project Record Sheet
Confirmation Saint Name Report
St. Augustine Holy Spirit Prayer
Confirmation Penance Service Program
Confirmation Penance Service Reflection for Adults
Confirmation Penance Service Reflection for Students