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Day 3 presentation focusing on the creation of a preparation program for confirmation of adults

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Nd presentation day 3 case study

  1. 1. Evangelizing Catechesis in Sacramental Formation JC Moreno, MA Associate Director, Office of Evangelization And Catechesis, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
  2. 2. Confirmation for Adults Transforming the preparation process from a checklist of requirements to an encounter with Christ 2
  3. 3. • Meet them were they are • Catechumenal Model • Evangelizing Catechesis • Incarnational Catechesis • Mystagogy 3
  4. 4. Principles 4
  5. 5. Resources available at: •http://bit.ly/2017ND •Tag-Confirmation for Adults •Password: holy spirit 5
  6. 6. History of Confirmations for Adults in Galveston- Houston Adult Confirmations first celebrated on Pentecost 1996 as a “one time” Jubilee in preparation for Jubilee Year 2000 Initial preparation guideline called for six sessions – assumption of a well-formed, active & practicing Catholic candidate
  7. 7. Confirmation-A Sacrament in Crisis ‘Over the past decade, 85 percent of young Catholics have stopped practicing their faith within ten years of being confirmed. For generations we have said, “They will come back!” But they have stopped coming back. An increasing number are not coming back to get married or to baptize their children.’ Matthew Kelly, Dynamic Catholic 7
  8. 8. This fullness of the Spirit was not to remain uniquely the Messiah’s, but was to be communicated to the whole messianic people. On several occasions Christ promised this outpouring of the Spirit, a promise which he fulfilled first on Easter Sunday, and then, more strikingly, at Pentecost … Those who believed in the apostolic preaching, and were baptized, received the gift of the Holy Spirit in their turn … Confirmation … in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church. (CCC 1287- 1288) 8
  9. 9. Effects of Confirmation • It roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!” • It unites us more firmly to Christ; • It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; • It renders our bond with the Church more perfect; • It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith, by word and action, as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ, boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross (CCC 1303) 9
  10. 10. Issues What are some of the catechetical problems typically associated with Confirmation of adults? 10 min. discussion 10
  11. 11. Issues • Variety of formation offerings 11
  12. 12. Issues • Different level of formation and preparation of candidates 12
  13. 13. Issues • Disposition 13
  14. 14. Issues • Placement 14
  15. 15. What would an ideal process of formation look like? • Discuss 15
  16. 16. Outline of Process Candidate discerns with Pastor or his delegate to determine appropriate placement. (Not your everyday interview).
  17. 17. Outline of Process Discernment Interview RCIA Proximate Immediate
  18. 18. Discernment / INTERVIEW  Any canonical impediments are identified and addressed before entering the process.  Candidate is interviewed in their home parish in sufficient time prior to the start of the Proximate Catechesis classes. This interview discerns readiness in the areas of:  Knowledge of Faith  Practice of Faith  Participation in sacramental life, particularly the Eucharist  Prayer life  Discipleship  Questions are based on the content from proximate lessons
  19. 19. Outline of Process • Candidate participates in a Retreat/Day of Reflection 19
  20. 20. Outline of Process • Service Opportunities 20
  21. 21. A closer look 21
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  32. 32. Every lesson follows same didactical sequence: 1. Opening Prayer 2. Engage 3. Explore 4. Explain and Debrief 5. Connect 6. Extend and Enrich 7. Evaluate/Self Reflection 8. Closing Prayer 32
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  34. 34. Results • Better engagement • Deeper learning • Ability to schedule process multiple times a year • Catechumenal Model built in the lessons • Proximate prep aims at evangelization • Focus on adult formation 34
  35. 35. Keep in touch jcmoreno@archgh.org Facebook.com/jcmoreno77 35
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