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31-Dec-2019Tuesday
31-12-2019: TUESDAY NEW YEAR VIGIL MASSES
 
7.00pm-7.30pm: Guided Meditation: Fr Olvin Veigas
Theme: For all that has been THANKS; For all that will be YES
7.30pm: English Mass: Fr Praveen D’Souza (Provincial of Friary Franciscans)
 
 9.30pm-10.00pm: Guided Meditation: Sr Jenifer Vas SSpS
Theme: Ellarigu elladakku tumbu hradayada kritanzate
10.00pm: Kannada Mass: Fr Frankie Noronha
 
Please Note:
There will be Shamiyana arrangements along with sound and LCD Screen for those outside the Church
Some vehicles have to be parked on Mt St Joseph side interlock road
Due to family union, traffic and other reasons we have kept the mass early this year.
 
 

 

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25-Dec-2019Wednesday
25-12-2019: WEDNESDAY (CHRISTMAS DAY)
7.00am: English Mass: Fr William Sequeira
8.30am: Kannada Mass: Fr Joyson Vas
 
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24-Dec-2019Tuesday
24-12-2019 CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASS (TUESDAY)
 
7.00pm: English Mass
Main Celebrant: Fr Arun D’Souza SJ (Secretary & Treasurer of BJES)
Blessing of the Crib after the mass by Fr Xavier OSST
 
9.30pm:  Kannada Mass
Main Celebrant: Fr Arun Kumar
Blessing of the Crib after the mass by Fr Kanikyaraj
 
Please Note:
There will be Shamiyana arrangements along with sound and LCD Screen for those outside the Church
Some vehicles have to be parked on Mt St Joseph side interlock road
Due to family union, traffic and other reasons we have kept the mass early this year.
 

 

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23-Dec-2019Monday
SPIRITUAL PREPARATION (Confession, Spiritual Reading…)
Saturday: 21-12-2019: 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Church
Sunday: 22-12-2019: 8.30am-10.00am in the Confession Room
Monday: 23-12-2019: 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Church
? Each one could read the Infancy Narrative of all the Gospels or at least of one Gospel
? Make a day or two days of Silent retreat in Dhyanashrama or in your houses
? Meet a Friends or a priest and learn the mystery of Incarnation
? Make a Pledge: You can write something that you wish to give up or take up and hang it on the
Christmas tree either at home or in the church
? Have a Christmas Friend or Secret Santa from the first Sunday of Advent and pray for that person
and exchange a gift on Christmas day especially with those you have issues or conflicts.
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22-Dec-2019Sunday
SPIRITUAL PREPARATION (Confession, Spiritual Reading…)
Saturday: 21-12-2019: 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Church
Sunday: 22-12-2019: 8.30am-10.00am in the Confession Room
Monday: 23-12-2019: 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Church
? Each one could read the Infancy Narrative of all the Gospels or at least of one Gospel
? Make a day or two days of Silent retreat in Dhyanashrama or in your houses
? Meet a Friends or a priest and learn the mystery of Incarnation
? Make a Pledge: You can write something that you wish to give up or take up and hang it on the
Christmas tree either at home or in the church
? Have a Christmas Friend or Secret Santa from the first Sunday of Advent and pray for that person
and exchange a gift on Christmas day especially with those you have issues or conflicts.
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21-Dec-2019Saturday
SPIRITUAL PREPARATION (Confession, Spiritual Reading…)
Saturday: 21-12-2019: 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Church
Sunday: 22-12-2019: 8.30am-10.00am in the Confession Room
Monday: 23-12-2019: 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Church
? Each one could read the Infancy Narrative of all the Gospels or at least of one Gospel
? Make a day or two days of Silent retreat in Dhyanashrama or in your houses
? Meet a Friends or a priest and learn the mystery of Incarnation
? Make a Pledge: You can write something that you wish to give up or take up and hang it on the
Christmas tree either at home or in the church
? Have a Christmas Friend or Secret Santa from the first Sunday of Advent and pray for that person
and exchange a gift on Christmas day especially with those you have issues or conflicts.
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15-Dec-2019Sunday

Christmas 2019 Get-together 

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15-Dec-2019Sunday

Christmas 2019 Get-together   Sunday 15-12-2019

A Christmas Gathering of IHMC Parish Community
5.00pm: Going around the stalls and Checking up with the Sound & Stage and settling down
5.30pm: Prayer Dance
5.40pm: St Joseph’s Ward (with the guidance of Nirmal Jyothi)
5.50pm: Catechism Children
6.00pm: St Michael’s Ward (with the help of Trinity & Holy Cross)
6.15pm: Fatima Ward (FSI will join them)
6.25pm: Mt St Joseph (Novices)
6.35pm: Felicitation for MLA Krishnappa and Speech by him
6.50pm: Nirmal Jyothi (Students)
7.00pm: St Ignatius Ward (Holy Spirit will join)
7.10pm: Kannada Catechism Children (Reena & Sr Jenyfer will guide them)
7.20pm: Alverna Bhavan (Yesu Bhavan girls & Lourdu home ladies with the help of sisters)
7.30pm: Immaculate Ward (Holy Mary Sisters will join)
7.40pm: St Francis Assisi Ward (Alverna Sisters will join)
7.50pm: Vote of Thanks by Parish Priest (the whole parish will join!!!)
 
REMEMBER
Supper will be served to all who book early (Home made Chicken Biryani for Rs.100/-, Other
Food Items and sweets will be made available)
There will also be sales of Snacks, Ice-cream, books and articles of faith in the campus.
There will be some surprises during the function. Be present to enjoy and witness them!!!
Anybody or Anything left out? You can call or message me.
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01-Dec-2019Sunday
CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE-2019 
01-12-2019 What is Sacrament & Sacrament of Confirmation? Fr Arun & Parents also are present
08-12-2019 The History & Mystery of Confirmation (CCC & POPE) Sch. Royce
15-12-2019 The Speciality/uniqueness of Confirmation Fr Godwin Serrao 
05-01-2020 The details of the rite & significance of Confirmation Fr Joyson Vas
12-01-2020 The Relevance of Confirmation for today’s youth Fr Clarence D’Souza
19-01-2020 Dealing on the questions asked by the Archbishop Amy & Br Prakash
02-02-2020 Retreat, Confession in CHS & Rehearsal in IHMC Fr Edward Philip
09-02-2020 CONFIRMATION at 10.30am Archbishop Peter Machado
 
PLEASE NOTE
 
1. The Classes are held in the Parish Hall from 8.15am-9.30am. Kindly make sure that your children are present for ALL THE CLASSES (Presence) and ON TIME (Punctuality).
2. Parents are most welcome to stay in the class since many haven’t had the opportunity to know and study Confirmation in the above systematic way.
3. The classes give only the highlights, the headlines and the most important things. The thorough reading, assimilating and understanding comprehensively the sacrament of Confirmation has to be done at home with the help of parents. Hence dear parents and children familiarize yourselves with the syllabus by having a hard copy.
4. Please bring a note book and a pen when you (children) come for the classes
5. Archbishop will be asking questions to the parents. Hence Parents (with your Baptismal vows), you have promised to bring up your children in Catholic faith, so be knowledgeable and confident to answer the questions of the Archbishop.
6. Rs.2000/- is collected towards the expenses of Confirmation. This amount covers: Tea & Lunch for retreat, Snacks, Wreath, Candle, Photocopy, Stipend for priests, Rosary, Scapular, Certificate, Gift to Archbishop. 
7. The following information is required at the earliest: (a) The hard copy of Baptism Certificate. (b) The Name of the child, Date of Birth, Date of Baptism, Names of Parents Date of FHC, Place of FHC, Names of God Parents, Phone number, email ID and Address  sent through WhatsApp to Catechism Co-Ordinator.
8. Let’s have the joyful experience of learning and the day of Confirmation full of meaning both for us-parents and our children.
 
SYLLABUS FOR THE CONFIRMATION FOR THE YEAR 2019
 
CONTENTS (The parents and children need to know these fundamental aspects)
A. What is a Sacrament?
B. What is Confirmation? 
C. how do we understand clearly, the sacrament of Confirmation?
D. What is the history of Confirmation?
E. what does CCC say about the sacrament of Confirmation?
F. What are the details of the rite of Confirmation?
G. What’s so special about Confirmation? H. Who may be confirmed?
I. What should I tell my daughter or son about Confirmation?
J. What does it meant to be sealed?
K. What did Pope Francis say about Confirmation?
L. What are the prayers you should know by heart?  
M. What are the activities for Confirmation?
N. What are the interview questions on Confirmation by the parish priest?
O. What are the questions Archbishop may ask?
 
 A. WHAT IS A SACRAMENT? The Greek word for ‘mystery’ translates into ‘sacramentum’. A mystery in the Christian sense not like a Sherlock Holmes mystery, where with enough evidence it will be solved. Christian mystery is ‘something hidden but real’. People are a mystery in this sense, you can have a bad first impression but I hope that people know there’s more to me than meets the eye. The way we treat a mystery is different, we treat it with reverence and approach it with care (otherwise you don’t make a lot of friends). Sacraments serve as external signs that God through Jesus gives as gifts for the life of the Church. The logic of the Sacraments is that God saw fit, for our salvation, to use the visible to communicate the invisible. The Word became flesh (John 1:14) through Jesus, the outward sign of His Divinity; would it not also please Him to perpetuate this mystery using visible signs to gift His life throughout the ages and for ages to come – we call these signs: Sacraments.  B. WHAT IS CONFIRMATION? Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Initiation.  While Baptism is the first step of initiation into the life of the Church, Confirmation can be seen as the completion of the Baptismal commitment.  According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace” (no. 1285).   There are two primary effects from the sacrament of Confirmation:  strengthening of one’s bond with the Church, and reception of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
 
C. HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND CLEARLY, THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?
 Growth is vital to human life; the body and mind must grow to stay alive. Catholics believe that the soul also needs to grow to maturity in the life of grace, just as the human body must grow through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Catholics believe the Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the growth process on the natural level. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.
 
So, what occurs during a Catholic Confirmation? The Holy Spirit is first introduced to a Catholic the day that she's baptized, because the entire Holy Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — are invoked at the ceremony. During Confirmation, God the Holy Spirit comes upon the person, accompanied by God the Father and God the Son, just as he did at Pentecost.
 
The Feast of Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit from heaven to earth upon the 12 apostles and the Virgin Mary, occurring 50 days after Easter and 10 days after Jesus' Ascension (Acts 2:1–4).
 
This sacrament is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong. Sometimes, those who benefit from Confirmation are referred to as soldiers of Christ. This isn't a military designation but a spiritual duty to fight the war between good and evil, light and darkness — a war between the human race and all the powers of hell.
 
Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny. Childhood is a time when you're told what to do, and you react positively to reward and negatively to punishment. Adulthood, even young adulthood, means that you must do what's right on your own, not for the recognition or reward but merely because it's the right thing to do. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost (Acts 2:1–4) and gave them courage to practice their faith. Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts and fruits.
 
D. WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF CONFIRMATION?
The New Testament shows how the Holy Spirit was with Christ to bring the Messiah’s mission to fulfillment.  On receiving the baptism of John, Jesus saw the Spirit descend on him (see Mk 1:10), and remain with him. He was led by the Spirit to undertake his public ministry as the Messiah, relying on the Spirit’s presence and assistance. He later promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them to bear fearless witness to their faith, even before persecutors (see Lk 4:17-21).  The day before he suffered, he assured his apostles that he would send them the Sprit of truth from his Father (see Jn 15:26) to stay with them “forever” (Jn 14:16) and help them to be his witnesses (see Jn 15:26). On the feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit did indeed come down in an extraordinary way on the apostles as they were gathered together with Mary the mother of Jesus and the group of disciples.  They were so “filled with” the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) that by divine inspiration they began to proclaim “the mighty works of God.”  From that time on, the apostles, in fulfillment of Christ’s wish, imparted to the newly baptized by the laying on of hands, the gift of the Sprit that completes the grace of baptism.  This laying on of hands is rightly recognized by reason of Catholic tradition as the beginning of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church.   Through the sacrament of Confirmation, those who have been born anew in baptism receive the inexpressible Gift, the Holy Spirit himself, by whom “they are endowed…with special strength” (LG 11).  Moreover, having been signed with the character of this sacrament, they are “more closely bound to the Church” (ibid) and they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith, both by word and by deed, as true witness of Christ”    From ancient times, the conferring of the gift of the Holy Spirit has been carried out in the Church through various rites.  These rites have undergone many changes in the East and the West, but always keeping as their meaning the conferring of the Holy Spirit. The Western Church retained the practice of reserving the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation to the Bishop.  This led to extended delay in administering the Sacrament to the candidate well into childhood and adolescence.  Thus, Confirmation became pastorally separated from Baptism and the Eucharist.  In 1971, Pope Paul VI implemented the revision of the Confirmation Rite that was requested by the bishops at Vatican II.  With this revision, he desired that “the intimate connection of the sacrament with the whole of Christian initiation may stand out more clearly.”  Since that time, the Latin Church uses the following formula to confer the sacrament of Confirmation:  “The sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism on the forehead, which is done by the laying on of the hand, and through the words: Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Taken from the Rite of Confirmation)  E.WHAT DOES CCC SAY ABOUT THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?  From the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1316-1321 Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.  Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian's soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one's life.  In the Latin Church this sacrament is administered when the age of reason has been reached, and its celebration is ordinarily reserved to the bishop, thus signifying that this sacrament strengthens the ecclesial bond.  A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must:  • profess the faith  • be in the state of grace  • have the intention of receiving the sacrament  • and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs.  
F. WHAT ARE THE DETAILS OF THE RITE OF CONFIRMATION?
The essential rite of Confirmation is anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism, together with the laying on of the minister's hand and the words: "Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti" (Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.) in the Roman rite.  When Confirmation is celebrated separately from Baptism, its connection with Baptism is expressed, among other ways, by the renewal of baptismal promises. The celebration of Confirmation during the Eucharist helps underline the unity of the sacraments of Christian initiation. From YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) #205 – What happens in Confirmation? To be confirmed means to make a “covenant” with God. The confirmed says, “Yes, I believe in you, my God’ give me your Holy Spirit, so that I might belong entirely to you and never be separated from you and may witness to you throughout my whole life, body and soul, in my words and deeds, on good days and bad.” And God says, “Yes, I believe in you, too, my child—and I will give you my Spirit, my very self. I will belong entirely to you. I will never separate myself from you, in this life or eternally in the next. I will be in your body and your soul, in your words and deeds. Even if you forget me, I will still be there—on good days and bad.”   G. WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT CONFIRMATION? – Independent yet not isolated – Confirmation is not merely an add-on. It is necessary to perfect the common priesthood of the faithful, and to deepen Baptismal grace. – God-willed – Confirmation is derived from the Latin ‘confirmatio’ meaning ‘to strengthen’. What is being strengthened? Often there is an overemphasis on the choice of the individual, and while of course one needs to co-operate and be receptive to grace, it is far more significant to note that it is God who begun a work in our hearts through Baptism and He is the one bringing to competition, religion goes badly if we make it all about us. – Definitive and Binding – Confirmation can only happen once! It leaves an ‘indelible’ (basically permanent) spiritual mark on our souls, and it binds us more perfectly to the Church. It ennobles the baptised with a ‘special strength of the Holy Spirit’ in order to profess more powerfully faith in Christ. – Scripturally rooted – Christ promised the outpouring of the gift of the Spirit (Jn.20:22; Acts 2:1-4), through prayer and the laying on of hands (Acts 8:14-17, 9:17-19, 19:6; Titus 3:4-8; Hew. 6:2), in order to perpetuate in the Church the grace of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).  H. WHO MAY BE CONFIRMED?
 Confirmation candidates must: Have received the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. Be between the ages of twelve and eighteen. (Depending on the maturity as well) Have been adequately catechized (prepared) in the Catholic faith.  This is usually accomplished through ongoing participation in a Catholic parish or school-sponsored religious education program. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the obligations of a practicing member of the Catholic Church. Have a sincere desire to receive the sacrament as well as an appreciation of sacramental life.  I. WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY DAUGHTER OR SON ABOUT CONFIRMATION? It’s a Sacrament of the SPIRIT: To be a Christian is to be conformed (or to be like) Christ. Messiah means ‘anointed-one’, so does Christ. In Confirmation we are anointed with Chrism (this is why the Orthodox call confirmation, chrismation) which like Christ. In the Old Testament Priests, Prophets and Kings were anointed for mission. In Confirmation we are anointed with Chrism to symbolise the Holy Spirit making us ready for Christian mission. Its a Sacrament of MATURITY: St Thomas Aquinas called Confirmation, “the sacrament of more mature age or personality.” I think he would be concerned with how we have blown this one analogy out of proportion. That said, we should not downplay the ‘confirming’ aspect of the Sacrament. Its a Sacrament of SEALING: No I don’t mean plumbing! The Bishop will say when anointing confirmandi: ‘Now, be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit’. Let’s be clear: the first communication of the Spirit comes with baptism first and foremost. But, it seems as though this gift was somehow mystically completed by another rite. Here think of Acts 8:14-17, there is a laying on of hands distinct from Baptism and is clearly associated with the gift of the Spirit.  J. WHAT DOES IT MEANT TO BE SEALED? 
Tradition describes Confirmation as the ‘seal’ of the Holy Spirit. In the ancient world, to bear someone’s seal, or wear it, was to be identified with that person, to be known as that person’s child or servant. Confirmation marks us as God’s children, servant to one another. 
K. WHAT DID POPE FRANCIS SAY ABOUT CONFIRMATION?
During the Wednesday Audience devoted to the subject of Confirmation, he said that: “Confirmation or “Chrismation”, which must be understood in continuity with Baptism, to which it is inseparably linked. These two Sacraments, together with the Eucharist, form a single saving event — called “Christian initiation” — in which we are inserted into Jesus Christ, who died and rose, and become new creatures and members of the Church. This is why these three Sacraments were originally celebrated on one occasion, at the end of the catechumenal journey, normally at the Easter Vigil. The path of formation and gradual insertion into the Christian community, which could last even up to a few years, was thus sealed. One travelled step by step to reach Baptism, then Confirmation and the Eucharist.”    L. WHAT ARE THE PRAYERS YOU SHOULD KNOW BY HEART?    1. The Our Father 2. The Hail Mary 3. The Apostles’ Creed 4. Glory Be to the Father 5. Act of Contrition/Sorrow  6. The Ten Commandments 1. I am the Lord, your God; you shall have no other gods besides me. 2. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain. 3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. 4. Honor your father and your mother. 5. You shall not kill. 6. You shall not commit adultery. 7. You shall not steal. 8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. 10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.    7. The Two Commandments of Love: (Mt. 22:36-40) 1. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 2. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.   8. The Golden Rule: (Matthew 7:12) Do to others as you would have them do to you.   9. Gifts of the Holy Spirit: The Gifts of the Holy Spirit help Christians live their lives more fully committed to Christ. These Gifts are: 1. Wisdom 2. Understanding 3. Right Judgment 4. Courage 5. Knowledge 6. Reverence 7. Wonder and Awe in God’s Presence    10. The Fruits of the Holy Spirit: The Fruits of Holy Spirit are the observable behaviors of people who have allowed the grace of the Holy Spirit to be effective in them.  The Fruits are: 1. Charity 2. Joy 3. Peace 4. Patience 5. Kindness 6. Goodness 7. Generosity 8. Gentleness 9. Faithfulness 10. Modest 11. Self-Control 12. Chastity    11. The Sacraments:There are 7 Sacraments under 3categories. 1. Initiation: a. Baptism b. Eucharist c. Confirmation  2. Commission: a. Holy Orders b. Matrimony  3. Healing: a. Reconciliation b. Anointing of the Sick    12. Beatitudes  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.  Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.   Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.  Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.  Blessed are those who suffer persecution for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.    13. Corporal Works of Mercy To feed the hungry  To give drink to the thirsty  To clothe the naked  To visit the imprisoned  To shelter the homeless  To care for the sick  To bury the dead  Spiritual Works of Mercy To correct the sinner  To teach the ignorant  To counsel the doubtful  To comfort the sorrowful  To bear wrongs patiently  To forgive all injuries  To pray for the living and the dead    14. Laws of the Church 1. To assist at Mass on all Sunday and Holy Days of obligation  2. To fast and abstain on the days appointed  3. To confess our sins at least one a year  4. To receive Eucharist during Easter-time  5. To contribute to the support of the church  6. To observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage  7. To contribute to the missionary efforts of the Church  15. The Seven Capital Sins (Deadly Sins): Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth  16. The Three Theological Virtues: (1 Cor. 13:13) Faith, Hope, Charity  17. The Four Cardinal Virtues: (Wisdom 8:7) Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Fortitude  18. The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Hell, Heaven  M. WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES FOR CONFIRMATION?
1. Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Already Done)
2. Choosing the name of a Saint (yet to be done) How? Choose a Confirmation name and write a biography about that saint. A part of the Confirmation process is choosing a saint and writing a report about that saint. The name of the saint you have chosen is the name that you will be confirmed under. For example, if you choose Saint Anthony, you will be confirmed: “Anthony, be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” There is a great significance in taking on the saint’s name as your own. In both the Old and the New Testament, when God had a mission for someone, He often gave them a new name when God asked them to take on new duties and responsibilities. For example, Abram became Abraham, Jacob became Israel, and Simon became Peter. (To find out what happened to these people, check out Genesis 17:1-8, 32:23-29 and Matthew 16: 13-20).  You may be wondering why you had to write a report about a saint. The report is just a way to get to know more about the saint that you are choosing. For example: Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals. Your Confirmation name should be that of a saint you admire or the saint’s name of someone you know and look up to as a Christian role model. So, choosing a saint and taking on their name is not just one more thing you “have to do” to get Confirmed. It is a large part of this important step in your life and a reflection of the beauty of the Catholic faith. You will be asked to give a report in front of the class about your saint. 
 
N. WHAT ARE THE CONFIRMATION INTERVIEW QUESTIONS BY THE PARISH PRIEST?
1. Who has served as a spiritual role model for you and why?
2. If someone asked you who Jesus is, what would you say?  3. Where do you regularly attend mass? Are you committed to participate in the sacraments of Eucharist every Saturday/Sunday and Reconciliation regularly?  4. Can you recite all the prayers with understanding? Which one or ones do you wish to recite daily?
5. What are the Fruits of the Holy Spirit and what are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit? How do they affect your life?  6. Prayer: What does it mean to you and how have you spent time praying to God the Holy Spirit?  7. How will you continue to practice your faith? How will you actively participate in the church?  8. Tell me what the Sacrament of Confirmation means to you and how it might affect the rest of your life?  9. What was the most encouraging/positive thing you did during your preparation?  10. As you are choosing to be a fully initiated Catholic, tell me what it means to you to be Catholic?  11. Why does the Church need you and why do you need the Church? 12. What do you expect from the priests and nuns?
13. What changes will you bring to the Church if you are a priest or a Bishop?
 
O. WHAT ARE THE QUESTIONS ARCHBISHOP MAY ASK?
1. Who is the Holy Spirit?  The Holy Spirit is God, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. (The Spirit is the love between the Father and the Son.)  
 
2. When does the Holy Spirit first come to us?  The Spirit first comes to us at Baptism, when we receive sanctifying grace, or God’s very life within us.  
 
3. How does the Holy Spirit help us?  The Spirit strengthens us and makes us holy. The Spirit enables us to love, spread, and defend our faith. 
 
4. Who is a Christian?  A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. 
 
5. When do we become Christians?  We become Christians at Baptism, when we begin a new life as children of God and members of the Church. 
 
6. What is the sacrament of Confirmation?  The sacrament of Confirmation is the sacrament of initiation that seals what happened at Baptism. Through it, the Spirit and his gifts are strengthened, and we are linked more closely to Christ and the Church. 
 
7. Why did Jesus promise to send the Holy Spirit?  Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to help His followers and to make them holy.  (John 14:15-29; 15:26; 16:7-15: 17:16, Luke 24: 39, Acts of the Apostles) 
 
8. When was this promise fulfilled? (CCC 731) This promise was fulfilled on Pentecost. 
 
9.  Who received the Spirit?  The Apostles and Mary received the Spirit. CCC = Catechism of the Catholic Church
 
10. Where were they when they received the Spirit?  They were in an upper room in Jerusalem (Acts of the Apostles).  
 
11. In what form did the Spirit come upon them?  The Spirit came upon them as tongues of fire. (Acts of the Apostles)
 
12. What are the four characteristics of the early Christians?  a) community – living and praying together ; sharing common bonds b) message - learning from the Apostles; proclaiming the Good News c) worship – praying in the Temple; breaking bread in honor of Jesus d) and service – loving one another; caring for the poor 
 
13. What are sacraments? Sacraments are outward signs of inward grace instituted by Christ. They are special encounters with Christ that help us grow in grace. 
 
14. Why did Jesus give his Church the sacraments? Jesus gave His Church the sacraments to continue His saving work and to build up the community of believers. 
 
15. What are the three Sacraments of Initiation? The three Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. We are born in Baptism, strengthened in Confirmation, and nourished by the Eucharist. 
 
16. How does Confirmation help us? Confirmation a) increases the life of the Spirit within us;b) strengthens us to profess, defend, and spread the faith; c) empowers us to give witness to Jesus and to carry on His mission; d) links us more closely with Christ and the Christian community. 
 
17. Why can Baptism and Confirmation be celebrated only once? At Baptism and Confirmation, you are marked with a permanent character or seal of the Lord. 
 
18. What are the signs of Confirmation? The signs of Confirmation are: (a) the laying on of hands, (b) anointing on the forehead with oil (chrism) by the bishop (c) saying the words “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
 
19. What is chrism and when is it consecrated? Chrism is perfumed oil. It is usually consecrated at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday. 
 
20. Where do the words “Be sealed” come from and what do they mean? These words of anointing are based on the practice of stamping something for identification. In Confirmation, God marks us as His own. 
 
21. What special preparation should a candidate make to receive Confirmation? In preparing to receive Confirmation, a candidate should a) pray and celebrate the sacraments, b) live the Gospel, c) be guided and supported by Catholic Christians, d) and study the faith. 
 
22. What is the role of a sponsor? The role of a sponsor is to help the candidate live his or her faith and be a good example of Catholic Christian life. The sponsor presents the candidate to the bishop for anointing.  
 
23. What are the requirements to be a sponsor at Confirmation? To be a sponsor at Confirmation, a person must be a) a practicing Catholic; b) at least 16 years old; c) fully initiated by Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist; d) and, if married, in a valid marriage. 
 
24. Who is the ordinary minister of Confirmation? The bishop, the successor of the Apostles, is the ordinary minister of Confirmation. 
 
 
25. When does this laying on of hands occur? This occurs when the bishop and all the ministers of the sacrament extend their hands over the group of candidates and invoke the Holy Spirit.
 
26. When does the Bishop actually confirm the candidates? The bishop places his hand on the forehead of the individual candidates as he anoints them with chrism. This is when each candidate is actually confirmed.
 
27. What does the bishop say and do when he confirms a candidate? The bishop traces the sign of the cross with chrism on the candidate’s forehead and says, “[calling the Name], be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”
 
28. How do you explain the gifts of the Holy Spirit? 
1) The gift of wisdom enables you to see life from God’s point of view. You recognize the real value of persons, events, and things. 
2) The gift of understanding, gives insight into the truths of faith and being a follower of Jesus. It helps you to make right choices in your relationships with God and others.
3) The gift of right judgment, or counsel, helps you seek advice and to be open to the advice of others. Right judgment also helps you give advice. 
4) The gift of knowledge helps you to know what God asks of you and how you should respond. You come to know God. You come to know who you are and the value of things through the experiences of your life. 
5) The gift of courage, or fortitude, enables you to stand up for your beliefs and to live as a follower of Christ. Courage helps you undertake challenging tasks in the service of God and be faithful to ordinary duties. 
6) The gift of reverence, or piety, helps you love and worship God. Reverence leads to prayer and to a deep respect for God, for his people, and for all creation. 
7) The gift of wonder and awe, sometimes called fear of the Lord, helps you recognize the greatness of God and your dependence on God. This gift helps you avoid anything that would separate you from God’s incredible love for you. 
 
 
 
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