Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Confirmation and First Holy Communion Plans

On the 24th July Eden, Saxon and Vellvin will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Rogan will receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion.

In preparation for this Sacrament the children have been busy preparing for the special day by using the plans I have worked out here.
This post is about the resources I have put together for them to use.

If anyone would like to add some ideas I would be very grateful. I am hoping this will be enough for them to learn, I certainly want the children to be well and truly prepared for their special day.

I would love to have our children make specific Confirmation and First Holy Communion Notebooks as I have seen on other blogs and forums.
Frankly, I just don't see how we would manage this with all our other responsibilities and lifestyle of a large family.

While I think these would be lovely memories for the children and a great 'show off' of what they have learnt, I just don't think the (hassle) I mean preparation and planning and providing of materials is something I can do right now.

So for Saxon, Vellvin and Eden's Confirmation plans I am expecting them to learn from these resources: I have only included books we own or on line resources that are free as I didn't want to buy anything new. Partly due to the fact I have to wait for it to arrive from over seas but also I do think we have a good variety of materials on hand. So everything listed is either on our bookshelves or printed matter from the Internet.

Some of these we have covered before as a family but I am now expecting some revision and reading on their own and then to be able to talk about what they have learned.
I haven't linked each book but have given enough detail for you to find them on any book buying site (I am slack this time, sorry)

Revised for Rogan and Moran's Confirmation  2014
I am adding to the list below
Confirmation for Young Catholics by Seton Press
Sacrament of Confirmation (Faith in the Family Catholic Catechetics) by Father Murphy

Eden, Saxon and Vellvin's list of books and lessons to be memorised~

From the Fisheaters site - facts Every Catholic should know-

The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)
The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
The 3 Eminent Good Works
The 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (& the Charismata)
The 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost
The 3 Theological Virtues
The 4 Cardinal Virtues
The 7 Capital Sins & Their Contrary Virtues
The 6 Sins Against the Holy Ghost
The 4 Sins That Cry Out to Heaven
The 3 Conditions of Mortal Sin
The 9 Ways We Participate in Others' Sins
The 10 Commandments
The 2 Greatest Commandments
The 3 Evangelical Counsels
The 6 Precepts of the Church
The Holy Days of Obligation (English)
The 3 Powers of the Soul
The 4 Pillars of the Catholic Faith
The 3 Pillars of the Church's Authority
The 3 Munera (Duties of the Ordained)
The 3 Parts of the Church
The 4 Marks of the Church
The 12 Apostles
The 12 Tribes of Israel
The 8 Beatitudes
The 14 Stations of the Cross

The 7 Sorrows (Dolours) and 7 Joys of Our Lady
The 7 Sorrows and 7 Joys of St. Joseph
The 15 Mysteries of the Rosary
The Order of Creation
The 9 Choirs of Angels
The 3 levels of reverence
The 14 Holy Helpers
The 7 Last Words of Christ
The 4 Last Things (The Novissima)


We will only be using books we actually own: I didn't want to be buying new books for this so have retrieved these form our book cases to use~

The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism - Book 2
Sacrament of Confirmation- Faith and Family Catholic Catechetics
Confirmation Preparation for Young Catholics - Seton Press
The Young Man's Guide or The Young Girl's Guide both by Father Lasance
The Lamb's Supper Scott Hahn ( Saxon esp)
Catholic Family Catechism - Rev B.J.H. Tierney
The Faith Explained - Leo Trese
The Mass Explained for Children - Maria Montessori
The Man who never Died -Rev Gerald T Brennan
Little Acts of Grace - Rosemarie Gortler and Donna Piscitelli
My Path to Heaven - Geoffrey Bliss, S.J.
The Sacramentals of the Church - Father Lovasik
The Seven Sacraments - Father Lovasik
The Eight Beatitudes - Father Lovasik
The Teaching of Jesus -Father Lovasik
The Precepts of the Church - Father Lovasik
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Father Lovasik
I Believe in God: The Apostles Creed - Father Lovasik
God The Father - Rev Jude Winkler
The Commandments of God - Rev Jude Winkler
The Ten Commandments: I Obey God - Father Lovasik
The Angels: God's Messengers and our Helpers - Father Lovasik
The Miracles of Jesus - Father Lovasik
The Holy Spirit - Father Lovasik
The Apostles of Jesus - Father Lovasik
The Feasts of Jesus - Father Lovasik
The Holy Trinity - Father Lovasik

The Fish in the Fountain: A story of Baptism - Susan Andrews Brindle, Miriam Andrews Lademan and Joan Andrew Bell.
My Guardian Dear: A Story f the Angels - Susan Andrews Brindle and Miriam Andrews Lademan
The Little Caterpillar That Finds Jesus: A Parable of the Eucharist - Susan Andrews Brindle, Miriam Andrews Lademan and Joan Andrew Bell.
Father Phillip Tells a Ghost Story: A Story of Divine Mercy - Susan Andrews Brindle and Miriam Andrews Lademan
The Little Turtledove Finds His Mate: A Story of the Sacrement of Marriage - Susan Andrews Brindle and Miriam Andrews
The Caterpillar That Came to Church: A Story of the Eucharist - Irene H Hooker, Susan Andrews Brindle and Miriam Andrews
The Butterfly that found her way Home: A story of Forgiveness - Susan Andrews Brindle and Miriam Andrews
Children's Stations of the Cross - Susan Andrews Brindle, Miriam Andrews Lademan and Joan Andrew Bell.
The Little Creatures Crusade: A Story of Confirmation - Susan Andrews Brindle, Miriam Andrews Lademan
Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue; and the Knights of Our Lady - Susan Andrews Brindle, Miriam Andrews Lademan and Joan Andrew Bell.

Specific Saints the children pick for their Confirmation Saints:

Saxon - St Gerard Majella and St John Vianney
The Cure of Ars:The Priest who outalked the Devil -Milton Lomask
The Cure of Ars- Mary Fabyan Windeatt
St Gerard Majella- Father Edward Saint-Omer, C.SS.R.
Gerado - Rev Fr William Frean C.SS.R

Eden - St Martha and St Philomena

Vellvin - St Agnes and St Catherine of Sienna

Added 2014
Rogan - St Maximilian and St Michael
Moran - St Dymphna

A Nine Day Novena- just need to ignore the dates on the link

Confirmation Novena~

God our Father,
complete the work you have begun
and keep the gifts of your Holy Spirit active
in the hearts of your people.
Make them ready to live his gospel
and eager to do his will.
May they never be ashamed to proclaim
to all the world Christ crucified,
living and reigning for ever and ever.Ever virgin Mary,
spouse of the Holy Spirit,
hold our Confirmation Candidates in your arms.
By your prayers, may they draw
ever nearer to your Son,
who is God with us.
Amen.

Rogan's First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion-
To Know off by Heart-

As it comes closer to the day of Rogan's First Holy Communion we will be praying this novena:
First Communion Novena

For personal reminder for myself to read this from Catholic Culture

My prayer for Rogan~

O Jesus, who hast loved us with such exceeding great love
as to give us the ineffable gift of the Holy Eucharist,
inflame us with a burning zeal to promote Thy glory
by preparing worthily the little children
who are to approach Thy holy table for the first time.
Protect, O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
these young souls from the assaults of evil,
strengthen their faith,
increase their love and endow them
with all the virtues that
will make them worthy to receive
Thee.
Amen.

John the Baptist, forerunner of the Messias, prepare the way for
Jesus in the hearts of these children.
Saint Tarcisius, keep safe the
children who are making their first Communion.

Read this site about St Gemma and talk with Rogan

Rogans list of books to read and lessons to be memorised:

The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)
The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy

The 10 Commandments
The 2 Greatest Commandments

The 8 Beatitudes
The 14 Stations of the Cross


The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism - Book 1
The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism
My First Catechism- Father Lovasik
The Mass Explained for Children - Maria Montessori
Little Acts of Grace - Rosemarie Gortler and Donna Piscitelli
Just Like Mary - Rosemarie Gortler and Donna Piscitelli
I Believe - the Nicene Creed - Pauline Baynes
I Believe in God: The Apostles Creed - Father Lovasik
The Eight Beatitudes - Father Lovasik
My Jesus and I - Bishop Morrow and the Teachers Guide to use as well
My Path to Heaven -Geoffrey Bliss, S.J.
The Weight of a Mass -
The Sacrament of Reconciliation - Rev Jude Winkler
The Sacramentals of the Church - Father Lovasik
The Seven Sacraments - Father Lovasik
The Ten Commandments -Father Lovasik
The Holy Eucharist - Father Lovasik
Receiving Holy Communion - Father Lovasik
Going to Confession - Father Lovasik
My Picture Missal - Father Lovasik
The Mass for Children Rev Jude Winkler
God The Father - Rev Jude Winkler
The Commandments of God - Rev Jude Winkler
The Ten Commandments: I Obey God - Father Lovasik
The Angels: God's Messengers and our Helpers - Father Lovasik
A Child's Rule of Life - Robert Hugh Benson

Preparing for my First Confession- Helen Mills

Little Nellie of Holy God - Sister Mary Dominic
Patron of First Communicants (The Story of Blessed Imelda Lambertini) - Mary Fabyan Windeatt
Once upon a time Saints - Ethel Pochocki
More Once Upon a time Saints - Ethel Pochocki

For the actual Day I will print and laminate this card:
Prayer at a Child's First Communion ~

Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of
the Eucharist You left us the outstanding
manifestation of your limitless love for us.
Thank You for giving our child the
opportunity to experience this love
in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.
May your Eucharist presence keep him/her
ever free from sin, fortified in faith,
pervaded by love for God and neighbor,
and fruitful in virtue, that he/she may
continue to receive You throughout life and
attain final union with You at death.
Amen.

Some other great ideas for First Holy Communion~
Jessica and Lena

Of course the actual day will have it's own beautiful memories and traditions to help celebrate this blessed day

Blessings,

2 comments:

Saxon said...

I've got my books to read, my stuff to learn, my things to memorise........ I'm swamped

Sandy said...

What a great time that will be. Because of the age difference of my niece and nephew he was born/baptized the year she made her holy communion - so we arranged to do it the same day. Then last year it worked out that she was Confirmed and he made his First Holy Communion. I don't know but it just made it so much more special to have them doing it at the same time.

Also, thanks for all those resources. I'm a Catechist and I see a lot of great things we could use with our students - I teach 7th grade but we actually have 6/7/8 grades together along with other children in that same age group who never made their First communion. It's wonderful to see those who have gone through catechism almost all their lives teaching the newer students.

God Bless

Sandy

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