Adult Confirmation Preparatory Session

This Pentecost, at our cathedral church, our diocese will celebrate the Rite of Confirmation with adult Catholics who, for whatever reason, missed receiving the sacrament before.

My office has put together a sample 5-hour preparatory session for parishes to use with their adult confirmandi; the feedback we have recieved has been positive, so I thought I would share it with anyone who is interested.

The session makes use of  Together in the Spirit: Celebrating and Living the Sacrament of Confirmation (Ave Maria Press, 2010), by  Bishop Robert F. Morneau and Deacon Mike Grzeca, a book I recommend for anyone preparing adults or  adolescents  to  receive  Confirmation.

You/Who/Do/Through

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Tuesday’s webinar on Leading Prayer as a Catechist by Joe Paprocki (catechist extraordinaire and brother to my boss) was excellent. I was especially impressed with the section on extemporaneous (or spontaneous) prayer — something Catholics are not well known for.* Nevertheless, extemporaneous prayer need not be something to fear.

Joe gave a simple formula for extemporaneous prayer that anyone can use to come up with a quick prayer on the fly: You/Who/Do/Through. I’ve been using this method for years to great effect.

After remarking on the formula to some new principals yesterday, they asked if I would send out something they could use with teachers to help them when they have to come up with prayers on their own.

Here is the one-page Spontaneous Prayer Handout I came up with to share with them. Please feel free to copy it for use in your parishes and schools.

* My wife’s family once asked me to say grace before Thanksgiving dinner. Knowing they aren’t Catholic, I skipped the traditional grace before meals for a short spontaneous prayer. My wife’s aunt, a staunch Methodist, came up to me afterward and remarked, “I didn’t know Catholics could pray like that!”