Morning of Reflection for Confirmation Candidates 2/9/13

The Confirmation Candidates and their sponsors will gather at the parish this upcoming Saturday, February 3rd, for a morning of reflection and preparation for reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. The day starts at 8:30 am with Mass in the church, and moves over to the cafeteria for a light breakfast and snacks. We’ll have some dynamic presentations, a tour of the church, a meditation, Eucharistic Adoration and Confession.

Confirmation Candidates should be accompanied by their sponsor. If the sponsor is unable to attend, a parent may attend in place of the sponsor.

Please note that only one adult should attend with the student, as we are expecting over 100 Confirmation students plus 100 Confirmation sponsors. It’s going to be great- but let’s keep the numbers manageable by just having the students and sponsors!

Students and sponsors alike should prepare for the Morning of Reflection throughout this week by examining their conscience. A brochure was given out in class; two other excellent examinations of conscience may be found here and here.

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Parents, please spend some time this week speaking with your child(ren) about the importance of frequent Confession and about making a good Confession. Confession heals the soul of sin and restores one to friendship and fellowship with Almighty God. As St Thomas Aquinas said, “In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.” Let us approach this Sacrament with joy, for in it, we find healing, pardon and peace!

There are some oh-so-excellent articles on Confession for teens, and as I couldn’t decide which one to share with you, you get all three. Aren’t you lucky? So here goes:

A priest spills what it’s like being on HIS side of the screen (sneak peak, but you have to promise to read the rest: “So often, people will ask if I remember people’s sin from Confession. As a priest, I rarely, if ever, remember sins from the confessional. That might seem impossible, but the truth is, sins aren’t all that impressive. They aren’t like memorable sunsets or meteor showers or super-intriguing movies . . . they are more like the garbage. And if sins are like garbage, then the priest is like God’s garbage-man. If you ask a garbage-man about the gross-est thing he’s ever had to haul to the dump, maaaaaaybe he could remember it. But the fact is, once you get used to taking out the trash, it ceases to be noteworthy, it ceases to stand out.”): http://lifeteen.com/my-side-of-the-confessional-what-is-it-like-for-a-priest/

A fun short article called “I love Confession.” Yes you read that right! Know what? I do too. No, seriously. Now go read THIS: http://lifeteen.com/missions/2011/12/30/i-love-confession/

And a little apologetics for you all: Why DO Catholics confess their sins to a priest? I know you know… but let’s go remember together!  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/09/is-confession-to-catholic-priest.html

Over in this space, I’ll be sharing quotes about Confession, healing and peace all week. Remember to pray for our awesome Confirmation candidates and sponsors!

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