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 June 4 2017 at St. Andrew Church in Apex, and St. Thomas More parish will offer a formation program in preparation for that date, meeting on Tuesday evenings, starting on March 21.
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.
“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
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 become 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.
The program will draw from the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order, who taught that we can "find God in all things." We will first investigate how we come to know God, and then look at various ways of doing so within the Catholic tradition: through Scripture, the Sacraments, morality and conscience, prayer and spirituality. Finally we will consider how we discern and use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, both for our own joy and to further the mission given to all Christians by our savior Jesus Christ, to proclaim the coming of God's Kingdom.
The group will meet in the St. Martin Room in the Parish Center (except on May 9, meeting in the St. Anthony Room), 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM.
|Mar 21||1||"Come, Follow Me" Jesus Calls Us To Be His Disciples|
|Mar 28||2||The Church: One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic|
|Apr 25||3||Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist|
|May 9||4||The Holy Spirit and Confirmation|
|May 16||5||Catholic Morality and Conscience|
|May 23||6||The Sacrament of Reconciliation|
|May 30||7||The Celebration of Confrimation & Prayer and Spirituality|
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.
see Isaiah 11:1-2