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Adult Confirmation

"Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit"

St Thomas More Church periodically offers to all baptized Catholic adults who have never celebrated Confirmation the opportunity to do so. The next Diocesan celebration for Adult Confirmation will be on May 31 2015, and St. Thomas More has scheduled a program of preparation leading up to this date, on Wednesday evenings 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM in the St. Anthony Room, beginning on February 11.

Candidates will be invited to participate in a program of preparation, and to renew their Catholic faith, and their discipleship of Jesus, the meaning of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how we can know and experience the Holy Spirit in our own lives, and through the sacraments of the Church.   

Contact Jim Hynes for more information, at 942-6237.

“Discipleship begins when adult persons at last have the occasion to hear the Gospel, renew their own baptism, consciously choose Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior, and commit themselves actively in the life of their Church.”

Forming Intentional Disciples Sherry Waddell

Adult Confirmation - 'Decision Point' Program

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'Decision Point' is a newly published Confirmation preparation program produced by the Dynamic Catholic organization, with young adults in mind. This will be our first time using it at St. Thomas More. it should be exciting!  

Feb 11 Session One: Life is Choices
Feb 18 No Meeting - Ash Wednesday
Feb 25 Session Two: What's Holding You Back?
Mar   4 Session Three: The Jesus Question
Mar 11 Session Four: The Prayer Process
Mar 18 Fr. Robert Barron - "Come, Follow Me": Jesus Calls Us to Be His Disciples
Mar 25 Session Five: The Bible
Apr   1 No Meeting - Holy Week
Apr   8 No Meeting
Apr 15 Session Six: Relationships
Apr 22 Session Seven: The Eucharist
Apr 29 Session Eight: The Holy Spirit
May   6 Session Nine: the Church
May 13 Sesssion Ten: Confirmation
May 20 Session Eleven: Made for Mission
May 27 Session Twelve: Holiness is Possible
June 3 After the Celebration: Reflecting on Our Experience of the Holy Spirit

 

 

The starting point in the Adult Confirmation program is the call by Jesus, "Come, follow me" in which he calls each person to become a disciple. Saying "yes" to Jesus' call leads us through the three Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist - to beome full members of the Church, the community of disciples of Jesus, which carries on his mission. Participants in the program will then reflect upon “the gifts of the Holy Spirit” as expressed in the Confirmation Prayer, that the candidates should see, know, understand, trust and experience the Holy Spirit in their own lives.

Confirmation Prayer

In baptism you were born again in Christ, and you became members of Christ and of his priestly people. Now you are to share in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit among us, the Spirit sent by the Lord upon his apostles at Pentecost and given by them and their successors to the baptized.

The promised strength of the Holy Spirit, which you are to receive, will make you more like Christ and help you to be witnesses to his suffering, death and resurrection. It will strengthen you to be active members of the Church and to build up the Body of Christ in faith and love.

My dear friends, let us pray to God our Father, that he will pour out the Holy Spirit on these people to strengthen them with his gifts and anoint them to be more like Christ, the Son of God.

All powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by water and the Holy Spirit
you freed your children from sin
and gave them new life.
Send your Holy Spirit upon them
to be their helper and guide.

Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding
the spirit of right judgment and courage,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence.
Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

see Isaiah 11:1-2

  • Wisdom
  • understanding
  • right judgment
  • courage
  • knowledge
  • awe & wonder
  • reverence

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

see Galatians 5:22-23

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Generosity
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-Control