‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ is a parish-based preparation programme for Confirmation developed in the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin by Maeve Mahon and published by Veritas in October 2009.

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Parish based Preparation programme for Confirmation

‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ is a parish-based preparation programme for Confirmation developed in the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin by Maeve Mahon and published by Veritas in October 2009. More than 10 000 children and their families used the programme in its first year of publication.

Meeting with Parents

The programme begins with an initial meeting for all parents of Confirmation candidates. Ideally this will take place before the Enrolment Ceremony. It is suggested that the Enrolment Ceremony takes place at Masses on the First Sunday of Advent. The programme includes a PowerPoint Presentation and Notes for this initial meeting. However, there are a number of people available if you would like someone else to facilitate this initial meeting.

To organise such a meeting please contact Christine in Faith Development Services  059 9164084 or e-mail fds@kandle.ie

The Programme

The programme is designed to offer resources to members of the parish team that will enable them to encourage, challenge and invite parents and the wider parish community to become more actively involved in the preparation for Confirmation. The programme offers parents and members of the wider parish community the opportunity to share their faith with the candidates and hopefully create a space where all can learn from each other.

Over five sessions ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ explores the themes of belonging, believing, being, becoming and beginning again. Each of these sessions is conducted by two leaders working with a small group of eight to ten candidates. Ideally both leaders will be drawn from the parents of the Confirmation class. If it is not possible to get two parent leaders then the second leader can be drawn from any of the following groups;

  • parents of the candidates
  • sponsors
  • the parish community
  • young adults (World Youth Day Volunteers)

The first four sessions take place before the celebration of Confirmation and the fifth session takes place after the celebration is over. This is an attempt to reinforce the idea that we are not simply preparing for a one day event but that Confirmation begins a new journey as a full member of the Church.

Each of the five sessions will last approximately one hour.

Ordering

Click on link to download Order Form

Faith Development Services will continue to facilitate a centralised ordering of the programme and in this way we will be able to offer a 10% discount on all orders over 100. For further information contact Christine at

Faith Development Services
Cathedral Parish Centre,
College Street, Carlow
Tel: 059-9164084
Fax: 059-9164020
Email� fds@kandle.ie

Resources

The resources needed for the programme are as follows:

Coordinator�s Book (One or two per parish)

Leader�s Book (One for each leader)

Material for Candidates

  • Enrolment Leaflet
  • My Confirmation Journal
  • Weekly Newsletters for Parents
  • Commitment Scroll
  • Completion Certificate