Our Parent and Candidate Gathering will be held on Thursday, October 12th at 7pm in the Parish Ministry Center.
Thank you for all the ways you have formed your child's faith. The two most important ways you can help your child in the Faith are to practice your faith and to pray. God is calling you now to a deeper relationship with Him and the Church.
We appreciate your support of their on journey to Confirmation. The Chosen program offers this video about our program.
Our Thursday Evening sessions begin on Thursday, October 19th from 7 to 8:30 pm.
Each week we will share here a brief description of each session and offer questions for you to use to begin discussions with your child.
Thursday, November 9th Tonight's sessions is Who is Jesus? The Person and Mission of Christ Christ is our model of how to live, he saves us from our sins and gives us the hope for eternal life. Jesus is God himself in the flesh, He is the only way to find lasting peace and freedom. Youth ate challenged to remember the words "I am the Way, and the truth and the life."
Discussion Starters: If Jesus was coming over for dinner, what would you ask him?
Why do you think Jesus came to earth?
Thursday, November 2nd Tonight's session is How do I know God is real?: Understanding Divine Revelation The focus is on the ways in which God makes himself known to us and how we should respond to what he has revealed. The relationship between faith and reason is brings youth to the understanding of truth. Yo child will be moving to an adult approach to faith based on full intellectual understanding of the teachings of the Church.
Discussion Starters: What are two important ways God has revealed himself to us? Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition
If someone asks a question about the Catholic Church and you do not know the answer what are resources you can use to find out the answer? The Catechism, ask a priest or look on the www.USCCB.org website
Thursday, October 26th This evening's session is What Makes Me Happy? Discovering God as the Source of everything we need in life. Our candidates are on a quest for identity and personal significance. As the influence of peers increases, they still look to you, their parents to guide them. They are extremely sentsitive to hypocrisy and inconsistency. Thus, giving them an authentic model of faith is essential
Discussion starters: Who is the happiest person you know? Why do you think they are so happy?
Have you ever felt close to God? Tell me about it.
We ask that the candidates attending the retreat be here by 8:45am on Saturday in the gym. If you need to reach us the number to the pay phone where we will be is: 354-9920 or you may contact Linda at 716-982-2976. We will arrive back here at 1pm.
Thursday, October 19th This evening's lesson is on Why Am I Here? Youth will see that the journey of faith and of Conformation Preparation has everything to do with discovering the very meaning of life itself and learning how to live to the fullest. We ask you to be respectful of this process of discovery by asking the Holy Spirit to speak to your child with the truth of the gospel. Recognize that you have an opportunity to be aprt of a profound transformation in your child's life as they are where God wants them to be. The youth will be asked to identify 5 personal goals- what they want out of life.
Discussion starters: What are some of the personal goals you identified today.
Share what your own goals are now or what they were when you were their age.